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Agave lophantha Splendida

Agave lophantha Splendida


Description: Agave lophantha 'Splendida' is a compact succulent that forms rosettes of stiff, lance-shaped leaves. The leaves are typically green with creamy-yellow to white margins, featuring distinctive reddish-brown teeth along the edges and a terminal spine at the tip. This variety is valued for its variegated foliage, which adds interest and color to gardens and landscapes. When mature, Agave lophantha 'Splendida' may produce a tall flower spike adorned with yellow-green flowers, although it is primarily grown for its ornamental foliage rather than its blooms.

Size: Agave lophantha 'Splendida' typically grows to a moderate size, with rosettes reaching about 1 to 2 feet (30 to 60 centimeters) in height and width. However, the size can vary depending on growing conditions and the age of the plant. This succulent has a slow to moderate growth rate, gradually forming clumps of rosettes over time. The mature size makes it suitable for use as a focal point in containers, rock gardens, or xeriscaping projects.

Best Growing Zones: Agave lophantha 'Splendida' is native to Mexico and is well-suited to warm, arid climates. It thrives in USDA hardiness zones 9 through 11, where temperatures remain above freezing year-round. This succulent prefers full sun and well-drained soil, making it an excellent choice for gardens and landscapes in regions with hot, dry summers and mild winters. Agave lophantha 'Splendida' is not tolerant of frost or freezing temperatures and may require protection or overwintering indoors in colder climates.

Soil Requirements: Agave lophantha 'Splendida' prefers well-drained soil with a sandy or gravelly texture. It can tolerate poor soil conditions and is relatively drought-tolerant once established. However, it is essential to ensure that the soil has adequate drainage to prevent root rot and other moisture-related issues. A gritty cactus mix or a blend of sandy soil and perlite can provide the ideal growing medium for Agave lophantha 'Splendida'. This succulent is relatively low-maintenance and does not require frequent watering, particularly during the dormant winter months.

Maintenance: Agave lophantha 'Splendida' is a low-maintenance plant that requires minimal care once established. It should be planted in a location with plenty of sunlight and good air circulation to prevent issues such as fungal diseases. While Agave lophantha 'Splendida' is drought-tolerant, it may benefit from occasional watering during prolonged dry spells, particularly in hot summer months. This succulent is relatively pest-resistant but may occasionally be affected by aphids, mealybugs, or scale insects. These pests can usually be managed with insecticidal soap or horticultural oil.

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