Agave victoria-reginae “Compacta”
Known as the Royal Agave or Queen Victoria Agave, it is probably one of the most attractive species of Agave. It is a small-growing species with beautiful white patterning on the dark green leaf surfaces. The plants have a generally rounded compact habit and forms very striking feature plants.
The “Compacta” cultivar is relatively slow-growing variety and is a very nice dwarf form of the species. Its maximum size is about 25 cm in diameter.
Plant size: Well established plants, about 4 cm in diameter are offered.
Agave is a large new-world genus with more than 250 species known from the Americas. They are commonly known as Century Plants, as it was believed these plants flower once in a century.
The plants take many years to reach maturity but produces very tall many-flowered inflorescences. They are known as monocarpic plants, a term used for plants that dies back after its flowering cycle is complete, this is due a large amount of energy that is transferred into the development of the large inflorescences and the fact that the inflorescences are borne terminally, terminating the growing points of the plants. The plant reproduce by offsetting, seed or small plantlets that develops on the spent inflorescences.
Many Agave species are grown as crops or for their uses, most commonly know is Agave sisalana (from which sisal is derived, used for making rope and various other materials) and Agave tequilana (from which the Tequila is made).