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Products > Agave parrasana 'Sea Star'
 
Agave parrasana 'Sea Star' - Sea Star Century Plant
   
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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
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Synonyms: [ A. x ovatisana 'Sea Star', Hort.]
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 10-15 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Agave parrasana 'Sea Star' - A great looking mostly solitary and slow growing variegated agave that grows to 18 inches tall by a bit wider with smooth textured thick and short wide spade shaped gray colored leaves that have broad cream-yellow colored margins on the lower two thirds of the leaf and reddish brown teeth and terminal spine. Plant in full sun to bright shade in a well-drained soil and irrigated occasionally to infrequently. Hardiness is not well documented on this plant but the parent species are higher elevation hardier plants, likely this plant should be good down to at least 15 F. This plant was originally thought to be a variegated selection of a natural hybrid between Agave ovatifolia and Agave parrasana, leading some to first call it a "Agave x ovatisana" cultivar but it others pointed out that the natural range of these two species do not grow sympatrically (exist in the same geographic area). More recent observations of 'Sea Star' in flower have led to the general conclusion that this plant is really a pure Agave parrasana cultivar. Our original stock plant came from Santa Barbara agave collector Tony Krock, who got it from Dutch collector Stef van Dort, who reportedly selected this seedling from wild collected seed obtained from northern Mexico. This is a beautiful agave that is not too big, so likely should prove to be a great landscape plant. As Tony Avent says in his Plants Delight listing "simply fantastic!" The image on this page courtesy of Tony Krock.  The information that is presented on this page is based on research we have conducted about this plant in our library and from reliable online sources. We also consider observations we have made of it in the nursery's garden and in other gardens we have visited, as well how it performs in our nursery crops out in the field. We incorporate comments that we receive from others as well and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if they know of cultural information that would aid others in growing  Agave parrasana 'Sea Star'.
 
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