Agave marmorata is a beautiful, ornamental plant that’s great in landscape borders, rock gardens, succulent gardens, raised planters or xeriscape plantings. It makes an arresting plant for a large container. Leaves have teeth along their margins and a longer spine at the tip so take care to locate this plant away from foot traffic. Agave marmorata is deer and rabbit resistant and will attract nectar-feeding birds when in bloom.
Replant rare offshoots. Seeds and bulbils can be collected and planted after flowering.
Root rot can develop in cool winters due to poor draining soils.
This is an unusual, mid-sized agave with broad bluish green leaves. It is named ‘marmorata’ (marbled) for the greyish marbled areas on the leaves and leaf back, which can be brownish red on some plants. This species has a somewhat open, floppy look to the leaf rosette. Individual leaves have a sharp, brown terminal spine and handsome brown-tipped teeth on their margins. The surface of the leaf is very rough to the touch, like sandpaper. Rosettes are typically canted to one direction until the plant is mature.
Agave marmorata species rarely offsets. A mature plant will bloom in late spring with a 15′ tall branched panicle of bright yellow flowers.
This species of agave is also used to make Pulque, a popular alcoholic drink in Mexico.
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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