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Products > Agave sisalana forma medio-picta
Agave sisalana forma medio-picta - Variegated Hemp Agave
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (now Asparagaceae)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Variegated Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Height: 4-6 feet
Width: 6-8 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30° F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Agave sisalana forma medio-picta (Variegated Hemp Agave) – A medium sized widely suckering agave to 4 to 6 feet tall by 6 to 7 feet wide with long stiff narrow white to very pale green leaves with grey-green spineless margins and armed at the tip with a 1 inch terminal spine. Older plants can have a short stem and occasionally a leaf might display a yellow stripe. At maturity flower stalks rise 15 to 20 feet tall bearing viviparous plantlets (bulbils). Plant in full to part sun and water occasionally to infrequently – tolerates dry conditions but grows faster and larger with more regular irrigation. Hardy to around 25° F. A very attractive and elegant agave that was a 2002 International Succulent Introduction as ISI 2002-9 Agave sisalana forma medio-picta. Plants for this introduction came from bulbils from a flowering plant at the Huntington Botanic Garden (HBG 77098). The specific epithet is derived from name of the port town of Sisal in the state of Yucatán, Mexico. It was from there that this plant, which has long grown commercially throughout the tropics and subtropics in the old world and new for its fiber, was originally exported but most indications are that it is not native to the Yucatán peninsula likely to be a hybrid between Agave angustifolia and A. kewensis. 

This information about Agave sisalana forma medio-picta displayed on this web page is based on research we have conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations we have made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens visited, as well how our crops have performed in containers in the nursery field. Where appropriate, we will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share cultural information that would aid others in growing this plant.