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Item ID: 8
Common Name: Queen Victoria agave, Royal agave
Habitat: This plant is typically fond of the rocky limestone areas throughout its range in the Chihuahuan Desert. Populations are rather isolated and quite rare today as this beautiful Agave was a favorite for habitat plant collectors during the 20th century. Habitat numbers have now reached the endangered status and wild plants today are protected.
Range: A variable species with small populations being found in Durango, Nuevo Leon and Coahuila, Mexico
Care: This is a slow growing Agave that requires rather little care. It loves being grown with full sun exposure and can tolerate the dry Arizona weather although extra watering during the summer months can insure your plants remain healthy for many years.
Propagation: By seed or by the removal of occasional offsets.
Size: From 6 to 14 inches in height and 18 to 30 inches wide.
Flowers: Yellow to a reddish beige or light burgundy
Photo Courtesy of Vonn Watkins ©2002
The compact, tightly set leaves of this plant with the strange white markings and sharp dark brown to black pointed leaf spine makes this a favorite choice among plant lovers.
This is one of the most popular Agaves and is found at almost any nursery in the Tucson area. It is a most attractive addition to any garden and can also be easily kept under pot culture.
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