Agave americana ‘Marginata’


Variagated Century Plant

A truly striking agave. Its shape and contrasting foliage colours gives it this marginata variety fantastic architectural value.

  • Situation: Full sun, well-drained soil
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Grows to: 2m x 2m

Agave americana ‘Marginata’ is ideally suited to hot sunbaked planting areas in dry gardens, rock gardens or as a potted specimen.

The key with growing this variagated agave is to find a planting environment that is very well drained and in full-sun. So when planting out add additional grit or gravel to the planting hole to maximise drainage. To prevent the base of the Agave americana marginata sitting wet in winter, when planting try to raise it slightly above the surrounding area, so water runs from it rather than to it.

In the colder parts of the UK and in colder than usual winters try to keep the Agave americana as dry as possible and free from a build-up of snow.

We do recommend growing Agave americana in pots allowing the plant to be shifted into hot spots for the summer months and then moved to a sheltered spot undercover in winter.

When potted give the Agave americana ‘Marginata’ an occasional water through summer and feed 2-3 times. In winter keep the plant as dry as possible, while it is dormant.

Agave americana ‘Marginata’ is also known as the Variegated Century Plant; you may have other names for it once it’s stabbed you a few times!

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Just about all arid plants are very low fuss plants that have fairly simple requirements. The most fundamental of these is that the medium in which they are grown in has excellent drainage.

For nearly all arid plants the techniques for planting are the same, with the major emphasis on good drainage. This will help to insure that roots do not rot in cold and damp conditions. If the soil is not well draining, consider improving the soil structure or at least planting in a raised bed. There is no need to backfill with additional fertiliser as these plants rarely need feeding in open ground.

Arid plants in nearly all cases are succulent and are able to store water for future use. They should not be overwatered, especially in the cooler months. Cool, damp soil is an excellent host for diseases and rotting.

Be aware, although these plants are very drought tolerant, plants in containers do need additional water, especially in dry periods, due to the excellent drainage capacity of the compost when in containers. All plants can be placed in full sun.

To recap, plant in a well draining environment, water very rarely, but more so if potted. Position in full sun.