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Products > Agave attenuata Ray of Light 'AGAVWS’ PP21,854
Agave attenuata Ray of Light 'AGAVWS’ PP21,854 - Ray of Light Fox Tail 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
Height: 4-5 feet
Width: 6-8 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 Ray of Light ['AGAVWS’] PP21,854 (Variegated Fox Tail Agave) – A beautiful variegated selection of the soft Foxtail Agave with a fine white variegation along the pale green leaf margin. This plant has not been long in cultivation but presumably it will grow as large as the species which eventually will mass up to 4 to 5 feet tall by about twice as wide with individual rosettes that may reach 4 feet wide on stout curving smooth gray stems that rise up to 4 feet tall. The wide pale green pliable leaves emerge from a tight central spear to arch gracefully back, looking a bit like a large open green flower and provide a nice foil to the white margins . Mature plants send up a 5 to 10 foot vertical flower stalk that reflexes back towards the ground before arching upward again, giving this plant the common name Fox-tail agave. The flowers are a pale greenish yellow and are followed by seed pods and many new "plantlets" (or bulbils). 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. As with other selections of this species, this plant presents to the gardener none of the dangers that its spine-covered relatives do. We had plants of the species survive the 1990 temperatures of 18° F but they were severely disfigured. This plant was discovered in 2003 by Graeme John Burton of Ohaupo, New Zealand as a vegetative sport of Agave attenuata 'Tandarra's Tiger' in a greenhouse in Hamilton, New Zealand. It received US Plant Patent 21,854 in April 2011 and is one of the new succulents introduced in the Tessera Succulents collection from Plug Connection.  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 attenuata 'AGAVWS’ PP21,854.