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Agave parrasana 'Sea Star' - Sea Star Century Plant

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
Parentage: (Agave ovatifolia x A. parrasana)
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 x ovatisana '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 is thought to be a hybrid between Agave ovatifolia and Agave parrasana, leading some to first call it "Agave x ovatisana". 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, where the two suspected parent species grow sympatrically (exist in the same geographic area). 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!" Image on this page courtesy of Tony Krock.  The information on this page is based on our research conducted in our nursery library, from online sources, as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery containers, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens where we have observed it. We will also incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing  Agave parrasana 'Sea Star'.