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Products > Agave victoriae-reginae
 
Agave victoriae-reginae - Queen Victoria Agave
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (Agaves)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Variegated Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Red
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Height: <1 foot
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 10-15 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Agave victoriae-reginae (Queen Victoria Agave) - A slow-growing and attractive small clump-forming agave to 1 foot tall by 1 1/2 feet wide with tight-fitting, tapered deep green leaves that are edged in white along the margins and end in a small terminal spine; the leaf margins are smooth and spineless. When the plant flowers, which only happens with considerable age, the unbranched spike can reach to 15 feet and bares densely packed reddish-purple flowers. After flowering this species usually does not offset and so will have to be replaced. Plant in full sun or light shade where it requires little to no irrigation in coastal gardens and is cold hardy to at least 10 F. This is a very attractive small agave that is great in the garden or in pots. Agave victoriae-reginae is in the Marginatae selection of the genus and is found growing naturally in scattered locations in the Chihuahuan Desert from 4,000 to 5,00 feet in elevation. The type locality is near Saltillo, Coahuila along the road to Monterey. Another famous location is in Huasteca Canyon just outside the city of Monterey, Mexico. The specific epithet given this plant by the English gardener and botanist Thomas Moore honors his Queen Victoria (Alexandrina Victoria), Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 1837 until her death in 1901. There are several named forms and hybrids involving this species. It is also known as the Royal Agave. Our plants are micropropagated plants (tissue culture) of a selection that Rancho Tissue Technologies listed as a Kelly Griffin selection.  This description is based on our research and observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We will also incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information about this plant, in particular if this information is contrary to what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Agave victoriae-reginae.