Agave attenuata 'Variegata' (Variegata Fox Tail Agave) - This is the yellow variegated form of Agave attenuata. Like the species this plant is unarmed and so is useful in locations where other agaves may not be used. It is far slower growing than the species but with time clumps of this plant can be expected to reach 3 to 4 feet tall by twice this width (if your friends don't talk you out of spare rosettes from time to time). The wide pale green pliable leaves have yellow stripes near the margins that are different from leaf to leaf.
Plant in full coastal sun to shade in moist or dry soils (looks best with regular watering). Tolerates seaside conditions but it will usually be damaged in temperatures below 28° F - seems a bit more tender to cold and heat than the non-variegated forms. Protect from snails which can also disfigure the plant.
This is the most heavily variegated of the Agave attenuata that we grow but its variegation is unstable and each plant, and in fact each leaf, tends to have a different variegation and sometime the leaves have so little green chlorophyl that the plant grows very slowly. For more information about the species itself and the other selections of it, see our listing for Agave attenuata.
Information about Agave attenuata 'Variegata' displayed on this page is based on our research about it conducted in our library and gathered from reliable online sources. We include observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery gardens and in other gardens that we have visited, as well as how the crops have performed in containers in our own nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others about this plant when we feel it adds information and particularly welcome hearing from anyone who has any additional cultural recommendations that would aid others in growing it.