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Products > Agave victoriae-reginae 'Albomarginata'
 
Agave victoriae-reginae 'Albomarginata' - Baker's White Queen Agave
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (Agaves)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: NA
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: 20-25 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Agave victoriae-reginae 'Albomarginata' (Baker's White Queen Agave) - A small beautiful slow-growing agave with rosettes 10 to 12 inches tall by half again as wide with tight-fitting, tapered deep green leaves whose smooth and spineless leaf margins are edged with broad white bands and tipped with a small terminal spine. Plant in part to full coastal sun, bright light in a greenhouse or light shade in well-drained soil and irrigate occasionally to very little this plant is prone to rot and drainage and good irrigation practices are important. Cold hardiness is not well documented on this cultivar but seems unfazed down to 25 F and the species is hardy down to at least 10 F. We have never planted this jewel in the ground in the garden but it is a great container plant. Our plants from division from two plants from the collection of the late great horticulturalist Bill Baker, who owned California Gardens Nursery. Our stock plants have always garnered attraction and when this plant has ever been for sale at specialty succulent nurseries, it has always been at a premium. Though we recognize that Agave victoriae-reginae 'Albomarginata' is not a valid cultivar name based on rules set down by the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature, this plant has long been known by this name and it is how we received it so we are retaining this name, while admitting it to be invalid by a ruling that all cultivars named after 1959 not have a Latinized cultivar name. It has also been known as Agave victoriae-reginae 'Alba Marginata ' and Agave victoriae-reginae 'Marginata Alba' and one selection made by Xeric Growers as 'White Rhino'. We have been building stock on this plant since 1997 and in 2012 were able to release a small number for sale.  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 victoriae-reg. 'Albomarginata'.
 
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