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Products > Agave vilmoriniana 'Stained Glass'
Agave vilmoriniana 'Stained Glass' - Variegated Octopus Agave

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (now Asparagaceae)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Variegated Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow Green
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Synonyms: [A. vilmoriniana 'Variegata']
Height: 3-4 feet
Width: 3-4 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Agave vilmoriniana 'Stained Glass' (Variegated Octopus Agave) - A strongly variegated form of an already unusual looking Octopus Agave with creamy-yellow striped margins on narrow green leaves that twist back towards the ground. Like the species this plant will grow to 4 feet tall and wide with an open arrangement of leaves, look a bit like a striped spider or octopus. The arching-deeply furrowed leaves are unarmed, making this Agave a relatively safe plant for walkway areas or container growing. It should be noted the leaf margins, while unarmed to the eye, can have small serrations and be fairly sharp. Plant in full sun. Tolerates drought and cold temperatures to 24 F. As with most other agaves, the main plant dies after flowering but this plant produces no suckers to replace itself. It does produce many new "plantlets" (or bulbils) within the inflorescence that can perpetuate the plant within the garden. The species usually flowers within 7 to 10 years from plants grown from these plantlets and this variegated form, being a little less vigorous will likely take a few years longer. This plant originally came from the late renowned succulent expert Charles Glass who gave this plant to Santa Barbara plantsmen and brothers, Don and Dave Harris. In the spring of 2007 this plant flowered and that fall the Harris brothers gave us the flower stalk that had nearly one thousand blbils on it and asked that we give this plant a cultivar name honoring Mr. Glass, who was curator of the Cante Institute and Botanic Garden in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico up until his death in 1998. San Marcos Growers introduced 'Stained Glass' in 2008 with the named both honoring Charles Glass and describing the etched contrasting look of the cream bands on the leaves.  The information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens that we have observed it in. We also will incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that might aid others in growing Agave vilmoriniana 'Stained Glass'.