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Products > Agave salmiana 'Tony's Tiger'
 
Agave salmiana 'Tony's Tiger' - Variegated Hardy 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
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Height: 4-6 feet
Width: 6-12 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Agave salmiana 'Tony's Tiger' - A medium sized mostly solitary agave that should grow to 4 to 5 feet tall by about twice as wide with long dark gray-green out-curving leaves variegated along the margins with wide yellow variegation and large teeth. We have not seen this cultivar bloom but the species produces a tall inflorescence to over 20 feet bearing a candelabra of yellow flowers that attract birds and bees. After flowering it produces suckers to perpetuate the plant. Plant in full sun where it is drought tolerant. We have had the species weather through nights that dropped to 18 F without damage and suspect this plant will have similar tolerances. The is a very attractive variegated agave. For more information on the species, see our listing of Agave salmiana". We received this plant in 2012 from Agave specialist Tony Krock as Agave salmiana var. sigmatophylla likely a reference to Agave atrovirens var. sigmatophylla, an old name Alwin Berger, author of Die Agaven, the German monograph on the genus Agave written in German in 1915, used for the large pulque agave Agave salmiana ssp. salmiana. As it is different from the other variegated Agave salmiana we grow we felt it needed a name and crowned it 'Tony's Tiger'.  The information 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 of it growing in our nursery crops, as well as in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens we visit. We will incorporate comments that we receive from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if they include cultural information that would aid others in growing Agave salmiana 'Tony's Tiger'.
 
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