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Products > Agave parrasana 'Sea Star'
Agave parrasana 'Sea Star' - Sea Star Century Plant
Image of Agave parrasana 'Sea Star'
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 about Agave parrasana 'Sea Star' displayed on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources we consider reliable. We will also relate those observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery gardens and in other gardens that we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments we receive from others and welcome hearing from anyone who has additional information, particularly when they share cultural information that would aid others in growing it.