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Products > Agave attenuata 'Variegata'
Agave attenuata 'Variegata' - 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: 3-4 feet
Width: 4-5 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Seaside: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Agave attenuata 'Variegata' (Variegata Fox Tail Agave) - This is the yellow variegated form of Agave attenuata. Like the species this plant is unarmed and so is useful in locations where other agaves may not be used. It is far slower growing than the species but with time clumps of this plant can be expected to reach 3 to 4 feet tall by twice this width (if your friends don't talk you out of spare rosettes from time to time). The wide pale green pliable leaves have yellow stripes near the margins that are different from leaf to leaf.

Plant in full coastal sun to shade in moist or dry soils (looks best with regular watering). Tolerates seaside conditions but it will usually be damaged in temperatures below 28 F - seems a bit more tender to cold and heat than the non-variegated forms. Protect from snails which can also disfigure the plant.

This is the most heavily variegated of the Agave attenuata that we grow but its variegation is unstable and each plant, and in fact each leaf, tends to have a different variegation and sometime the leaves have so little green chlorophyl that the plant grows very slowly. For more information about the species itself and the other selections of it, see our listing for Agave attenuata

This information about Agave attenuata 'Variegata' displayed is based on research conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.