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Agave lophantha ‘Quadricolor’

$15.00

Agave lophantha ‘Quadricolor’ is a tough little agave reaching about 18″ in diameter. Leaves are very distinctive with four colors of green variegation — from dark green to pale yellow-green — running down the center of the leaf.

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Agave lophantha ‘Quadricolor’

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Agave lophantha ‘Quadricolor’ is great in containers where it is easy to manage. Good in landscape borders, native plant gardens, rock gardens, cactus gardens, xeriscape or low barrier groundcover plantings. Tough spiny leaves, so take care to locate this plant away from foot traffic.

This species has a handsome hemispherical form with dark green leaves with a lighter green stripe down the center. A nice contrast to some of the silver blue agaves which take similar culture. The flower spike can reach 12 feet and has greenish-yellow flowers. Agave lophantha ‘Quadricolor’ prefers alkaline soils. It is related to Agave lechuguilla, differing from it by its flatter leaves and firmer leaf margins.

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Names and Synonyms: Agave heteracantha, Agave univittata var. heteracantha, Agave univittata
Common Names: Thorn-crested Century Plant, Big Lechuguilla
Family: Agavaceae
Origin: Agave lophantha is native to south Texas in the Rio Grande Plains where it grows on gravelly limestone and on cliffs and rocky outcrops.
Size Label: 1 Gallon
Mature Size: individual rosette
Height: 1-2′
Width: 2-3′
Cold Tolerance: 10 to 15°F, -12.2 to -8.4°C
Heat Tolerance: Extreme
Light Requirement: Part to full sun
Water needs: Very drought tolerant
Maintenance: Plant forms colonies by underground rhizomatous offsets which should be removed and replanted to keep original planting in check. Strong rhizomes can damage hardscape.
Uses: Great in containers where it is easy to manage. Good in landscape borders, native plant gardens, rock gardens, cactus gardens, xeriscape or low barrier groundcover plantings. Tough spiny leaves, so take care to locate this plant away from foot traffic. Deer resistant.
Propagation: Easily propagated from offsets.

Research Links:
http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/66684/
http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/ornamentals/nativeshrubs/agavelophan.htm
http://www.desert-tropicals.com/Plants/Agavaceae/Agave_lophantha.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agave_univittata

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There is a minimum purchase of any 4 plants for online orders. All plants shipped bare root. Other sizes may be available for pick up from our growing grounds in Fallbrook, CA. For more information, give us a call at 760-990-4762.
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