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Agave victoriae-reginae AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Cactus/Succulent or Conservatory/Greenhouse

Habit

Tufted

Resilience

Hardiness

H2 (tender - cool or frost-free greenhouse)

Colour

Flower

Cream in Summer

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

royal agave

Family

Asparagaceae


Agave can be perennial or monocarpic succulents, forming rosettes of usually rigid, fleshy, spiny-edged leaves, with funnel-shaped flowers in racemes or panicles often much taller than the rosettes

A. victoriae-reginae is an evergreen perennial forming a rosette of thick, straight, mid-green, spine-tipped leaves to 30cm in length, with creamy-white flowers borne in narrow, erect or arching racemes to 4m in length

Other common names

  • Queen Victoria century plant

Synonym(s)

  • Agave ferdinandi-regis
  • Agave scabra × victoriae-reginae
  • Agave victoriae-reginae f. longifolia
  • Agave victoriae-reginae f. longispina
  • Agave victoriae-reginae var. nickelsiae

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow under glass in a standard cactus compost, water freely in summer and apply a balanced liquid fertiliser 3-4 times during the growing season. May be bedded or stood out in borders or patios in summer. Allow to dry out in winter

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Acid or Neutral
  • Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by offsets taken in spring or autumn

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Drought Resistant, Mediterranean Climate Plants, Patio/Container Plants or Coastal


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Can get scale insects

Diseases

Generally disease free