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Agave celsii 'Multicolor'

This listing for information only - We no longer grow this plant  

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (Agaves)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Variegated Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow Green
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Synonyms: [Agave mitis var. mitis, A. celsii 'Marginata']
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 2-4 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Agave celsii 'Multicolor' - A medium sized clump-forming agave with rosettes to 2 feet tall and as broad with fleshy 6 inch wide by 2 foot long cream-margined green leaves that gracefully curve upwards. The leaves appear unarmed but have soft terminal spines and minute, backward curving, brown spines along the leaf edge. Likely this plant will have similar flowers to the species with a 4 to 6 foot tall unbranched spike bearing red-tinged green flowers congested on the upper third of the spike. Plant in full sun or light shade and irrigate infrequently to occasionally. Drought tolerant in our coastal California gardens. This plant is considered tender as agaves go but other forms of Agave celsii withstood the 1990 frost in our garden when temperatures dropped to 18 F and in "Agaves, Yuccas and Related Plants", Mary and Gary Irish note that Agave celsii survived temperatures to 12 F in eastern Texas. This beautiful variegated form was shared with us by Wade Roitsch of Yucca Do Nursery, who brought it back from Thailand. We had initially listed it as Agave celsii 'Marginata' but later changed the name to 'Multicolor' on the recommendation of Tony Avent of Plant Delights Nursery, who had acquired his plant named as such from Succulenta Nursery in Holland. Some recent treatments list Agave celsii as a synonym for Agave mitis var. mitis.  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Agave celsii 'Multicolor'.