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Agave ‘Blue Flame’ (photo courtesy of Linda Lamb Peters)
Agave ‘Blue Flame’ (photo courtesy of Linda Lamb Peters)

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Zones 10, 12, 13, 15-17, 21-30
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Agave victoriae-reginae

Queen Victoria Agave
Agavaceae
Cacti and succulents, Perennials

AGAVE

Sculptural succulents with rosettes of fleshy leaves. Impressive, sometimes colorful, flower stalk emerges from the rosette’s center looking something like a giant asparagus; some kinds produce clusters of flowers on side branches, while others have flowers packed along the stalk. After flowering—which may not occur for years—the foliage clump dies, usually leaving behind suckers that make new plants.

These plants shrivel from serious drought but plump up again with watering or rainfall. Provide good drainage. Species listed here are native to Mexico, except as noted.

Agave victoriae-reginae

Clumps grow slowly to only 12–18 in. across. The many dark green leaves are 6 in. long and 2 in. wide, stiff, thick, with narrow white lines and sharp black tips. Slow growing; will stand in a pot or the ground for 20 years before flowering.

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