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Products > Agave toumeyana var. bella
Agave toumeyana var. bella - Toumey's Century Plant

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (now Asparagaceae)
Origin: Southwest (U.S.) (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Variegated Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Synonyms: [Agave toumeyana ssp. bella]
Height: <1 foot
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 0-10 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Agave toumeyana var. bella (Toumey's Century Plant) - Beautiful small clustering agave growing to around 10 inches tall with 8 to 12 inch wide rosettes with as many as 100 to 200 stiff 4 to 8 inch long narrow leaves that have attractive white longitudinal markings and margins decorated with curling white threads. Many of the leaves appear an equal length, giving the rosette a flat-top look. At maturity and usually then in late spring or early summer is produced a 4 to 6 foot spicate inflorescence bearing 3/4 to 1 inch long pale yellow flowers with stamens not extending beyond the tube. Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil and irrigate occasionally to infrequently. Hardy to around 10 F. Toumey's Century Plant is a nice small specimen plant in the rock or succulent garden and also makes a very attracted long term container specimen. It has a restricted range in the Sierra Ancha Mountains in central Arizona 65 miles northeast of Phoenix where it grows on rocky hillsides, mesas, desert chaparral and pine and juniper forests from 2,400 to 5,200 feet. The type plant was collected in Parker Creek Canyon and first described by August J. Breitung in the 8th of his series of "Cultivated and Native Agaves in the Southwestern United States, published in the May-June 1960 issue of the Journal of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America (Vol. 32, No. 3) where he noted the plant differed from typical form of Agave toumeyana by "having more numerous and shorter leaves forming dense beautiful (hence "bella") rosettes" and further noted that except for the more numerous leaves, the rosettes of this variety closely simulate A. parviflora". The specific epithet honors U.S. botanist Dr. James W. Toumey and the varietal name comes from the Latin word 'bellus' meaning beautiful. Other common names include Toumey Agave, Hardy Century Plant, Silver Dollar Agave, Fairy-ring agave, Miniature Century Plant.  The information on this page is based on the research that we have conducted about this plant in the San Marcos Growers library, from what we have found on reliable online sources, as well as from observations made of our crops of this plant growing in the nursery and of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens where we may have observed it. We also have incorporated comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from those who may have additional information, particularly if this information includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Agave toumeyana var. bella.