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    Agave desmettiana 'Variegata'

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    Variegated Dwarf Smooth Agave (7823948808447)
    Variegated Dwarf Smooth Agave (7823948808447)

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    Variegated Dwarf Smooth Agave

    Variegated Dwarf Smooth Agave

    Agave desmettiana 'Variegata'

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    Mature height
    2.5-3 ft.
    Mature Width
    2.5-3 ft.
    Sun exposure
    Full Sun
    Growth Rate
    Grows Well in Zones
    9, 10, 11
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    Agave desmettiana 'Variegata' is prized for its elegant urn-shaped form, tidy appearance, and compact size. The sophisticated and graceful silhouette of the Variegated Dwarf Smooth Agave is enhanced by its attractive green and yellow leaves that dazzle and add a touch of glamor in the garden or containers. The curve appeal and vivid variegation of this Smooth Agave are visually captivating.

    The Variegated Smooth Agave is a small to medium-sized agave, reaching a mature size of 2-3 ft. tall by 3-4 ft. wide. Its variegated foliage, featuring green leaves with yellow edges, forms a distinctive urn-shaped rosette that produces many offsets. The rigid yet delicate leaves reach upward and outward, as if welcoming praise and admiration. The leaves are generally smooth-edged with a stout terminal tip. A few small spines or fine teeth may be present on the margins. Pups set early in the life of a plant.

    Agave desmettiana 'Variegata' showcases a beautiful architectural form that can be a striking focal point or a dramatic statement when planted individually or in large groups. What's more, the vibrant variegation creates a luminous effect when backlit by the sun. This stunning beauty is quite drought tolerant but will also handle regular irrigation and is useful in a variety of garden designs from modern minimalist, Mediterranean, Southwest, ranch-style, rock garden, or patio.

    This low-maintenance agave is easy to grow and waterwise, making it an ideal choice for gardens of all sizes. With its distinctive shape and dramatic foliage color, the Variegated Dwarf Smooth Agave adds beauty and structure to the landscape. Order your Agave desmettiana 'Variegata' today for delivery to your home.

    Plant care

    Plant your Agave desmettiana 'Variegata' in well-draining soil. Use a porous soil like Kellogg Palm & Cactus Mix to mix with your native soil or use straight out of the bag as a potting mix for patio containers. In coastal gardens, plant in full sun. In hotter, inland gardens, provide light shade in the hot afternoons to help prevent leaf burn. The leaf color and variegation of Agave desmettiana 'Variegata' may change depending on the light intensity. The yellow variegation may be less pronounced in shadier locations.

    Thoroughly water after planting to help the soil settle around the roots. Water as needed when the soil is completely dry. This agave is drought tolerant but will also handle regular irrigation with no adverse impact. Protect plants from snails.

    Cold sensitive, the use of frost-cloth may help protect your agave from frost damage if temperatures fall below 32°F. Cold hardy to 25℉.

    The Variegated Dwarf Smooth Agave will produce numerous pups or suckers that will eventually form a cluster. For a tidy appearance or to maintain size, remove the offsets with pruners to divide and/or dispose of pups. They are easiest to remove when they are young and small.

    Agaves are monocarpic plants, which means they only flower once when they reach maturity. The rosette will eventually die when the flower is done blooming. The plant can remain in flower for a long period of time. The remaining offsets or pups will continue to grow until they mature and flower. Agave desmettiana 'Variegata' typically matures and blooms after 10 years on a 8-10 ft. tall stalk followed by bulbils (baby plants) along the flower stalk.

    Years of spelling the specific epithet (A. desmettiana) with two Ts exist on the web and in books. The proper spelling of the specific epithet is likely Agave desmetiana 'Variegata' (one T), which honors the Belgian horticulturist Louis De Smet (1810-1887).

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    Q: Is Variegated Dwarf Smooth Agave a fast grower?
    A: Variegated Dwarf Smooth Agave is a slow to moderate grower depending on the amount of irrigation.

    Q: Does Agave desmettiana 'Variegata' produce offsets?
    A: Agave desmettiana 'Variegata' produces numerous offsets that can result in a cluster if not pruned. It also produces bulbils, baby plants along the flower stalk.

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