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Products > Agave attenuata 'Kara's Stripes' PP 19,444
Agave attenuata 'Kara's Stripes' PP 19,444 - Variegated Fox Tail Agave
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (now Asparagaceae)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Yellow/Chartreuse Foliage: Yes
Variegated Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow Green
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Height: 2-4 feet
Width: 3-4 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Agave attenuata 'Kara's Stripes' PP 19,444 (Variegated Fox Tail Agave) - A beautiful new Agave that has only been made widely available recently (Summer 2007) through the miracle of micropropagation (tissue culture). 'Kara's Stripes' has wonderful broad soft butter-yellow leaves with narrow green marginal stripes. As with other Foxtail Agaves (A. attenuata) this plant presents to the gardener none of the dangers that its spine-covered relatives do. Though this cultivar will be slower growing it will likely form a clump to 3 to 4 feet or more tall by even wider with many rosettes of pliable leaves that emerge from a tight central spear to arch gracefully back towards the ground. We have not seen any variegated Agave attenuata selections flower but likely 'Kara's Stripes' will eventually do so and have the typical 5 to 10 foot vertical flower stalk that reflexes back towards the ground, bearing pale greenish yellow flowers. Plant in full coastal sun to shade (brighter light brings out the best color in this variegated plant) in a relatively well-drained soil and water occasionally to very little - looks best with regular to some irrigation. Tolerates seaside conditions. The Foxtail Agave will usually be damaged in temperatures below 28 F - protect this one more, especially when young as we have noted the variegated plants to be a little more tender than the species. Protect also from snails which can really disfigure the plant. "Kara's Stripes' was discovered by bay area plantsman Gary Gragg of Golden Gate Palms & Exotics Nursery, who removed it as a sport emerging from a plant growing in his garden and named it for his wife. It is being marketed in the U.S. through PlantHaven and holds USPlant Patent 19,444 that was granted in November 2008.  The information about Agave attenuata 'Kara's Stripes' PP 19,444 displayed on this page is based on research conducted in our library and from reliable online resources. We also relate observations made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens we visit, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments we receive from others, and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share cultural information that would aid others in growing it.