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Products > Agave shawii 'Marginata'
Agave shawii 'Marginata' - Shaw's Variegated Agave
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (now Asparagaceae)
Origin: California (U.S.A.)
Evergreen: Yes
Yellow/Chartreuse Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Red & Yellow
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 3-4 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Agave shawii 'Marginata' (Shaw's Variegated Agave) - A medium sized clump forming variegated agave with upright rosettes to 2 to 3 feet tall by 2 feet wide and suckering to form a cluster. The dark gray-green 1 to 2 foot long leaves have a greenish cream-yellow margin and large upwardly-curving and bent reddish spines and a short dark terminal spine. Though we have not seen this cultivar flower, if anything like the species it will have a large stout inflorescence that rises 6 to 14 feet. Plant in full sun to light shade (requires shade in inland hot climates) in a well-drained soil. Little irrigation is required and regular summer irrigation is harmful to this species so best to avoid it. The species has proven hardy to 25 F and others note that damage to this plant can occur at around 23 F that becomes extensive below 18 F. This is a nice looking native succulent plant the succulent garden. For more information about this plant see also our listing for the Agave shawii. We received our first stock plant of this cultivar from John Bleck in 2009.  The information on this page is based on research conducted about this plant in our library and from reliable online sources. We also take into consideration observations of this plant in our nursery crops, as well as of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens we visit. We also will incorporate comments that we receive from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if it includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Agave shawii 'Marginata'.