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An architectural succulent. Braod grey-green leaves with white stripes and ferocious spines. slow growing to 40cm or more in height and spread. May flower after many years, shooting up a spike 2m or more in height. Plant in full sun and well drained soil. Will tolerate several degrees of frost if dry.
Queen Victoria century plant, Royal agave
Agave victoriae-reginae (Queen Victoria century plant). These are perennial succulent plants and the leaves will form a rosette pattern. The leaves are a deep grey-green colour and have a white border. It will bloom only after 20 to 30 years, and will produce a flowering stem about 4m high which will bear creamy white flowers.
Under glass, grow in cactus compost, in bright, filtered light. This plant can be placed outside in the summer in temperate zones. Water moderately (if indoors) and feed in the summer, but bring in and allow to dry out in the winter.
Ornamental, rock garden, greenhouse, indoors