Agave desmettiana variegata

  • Agave desmetiana variegata
  • Agave desmettiana 1gal
  • Agave desmettiana 5gal


Agave desmettiana variagata  is a gorgeous medium sized urn shaped agave. It is very delicate and brittle with leaves that break easily. Because of this we are unable to gather the leaves and wrap them up to save space and shipping in your package. Some slight amount of breakage can be expected.

Plant size 1 gallon 5 gallon
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Minimum purchase of any 4 plants for online orders.

All plants shipped bare root in one-gallon sizes.
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our growing grounds in Fallbrook, 

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Agave desmettiana variegata

  • Names and Synonyms:  
    Agave desmetiana, Agave miradorensis, Agave regeliana, Agave ananassoides
  • Common Names:  
    Smooth Agave, Variegated Dwarf Agave
  • Family:  
  • Origin:  
    Native to Mexico but has been in cultivation for centuries.
  • Height:  
  • Width:  
  • Cold Tolerance:  
    25 to 30°F; -3.9 to -1.1°C
  • Heat Tolerance:  
    Very high heat tolerance
  • Light Requirement:  
    Full sun to partial shade inland
  • Water needs:  
    Young plants need irrigation in hot climates.
  • Maintenance:  
    Remove offsets as needed if a single rosette is preferred.
  • Uses:  
    This small agave is nice for residential landscapes. It has fewer spines and softer leaves than most agaves. It is very nice in cactus and succulent gardens, containers and for xeriscape plantings and borders. A. desmettiana is resistant to deer and rabbits, but young leaves can be damaged by snails.
  • Propagation:  
    Remove and replant offsets. The flower spike provides both pups and seeds as well.
  • Problems:  
    Root rot in overly wet, poor drained soils.
  • Special notes:  
    This agave's foliage is evergreen, with yellowish to medium green or greyish to bluish-green leaves that have a yellow border on the margins. The leaves are fleshy, thick and smooth, with very tiny marginal thorns and brownish apical spines. Growing in an upright manner, the symmetrical rosette has recurved leaves that create an elegant urn-like or architectural form that’s most appealing. At about 8-10 years of age, this monocarpic agave will produce a thick green flowering stalk, which emerges from the center of the plant and grows 8-10 feet in height, bearing panicles of bright yellow blooms. The flower spike lasts for several weeks to months, with the flowers at the base opening first.

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Plant size

1 gallon, 5 gallon