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Agave marmorata C88

Agave marmorata C88

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The history of Agave marmorata's discovery ties back to the broader exploration and cataloging of agave species in Mexico, a region with a rich diversity of agave plants. Agaves have been integral to the culture and economy of Mexico for thousands of years, with uses ranging from food and beverage production (including tequila and mezcal) to fiber and medicinal purposes. The specific history of Agave marmorata's original description and discovery is less well-documented in popular literature compared to some other agave species, largely because many agave species were identified and categorized during extensive botanical explorations in the 18th and 19th centuries. Agave marmorata, like many of its relatives, was likely first described by European botanists who were cataloging the New World's flora, although indigenous peoples had been familiar with and utilized these plants long before European contact.


Agave marmorata plants are notable for their large, thick, fleshy leaves that can grow quite large, with each leaf featuring a striking marbled pattern of white on a green background. The edges of the leaves are typically lined with sharp spines, and a large, pointed spine can be found at the tip of each leaf. The plant forms a rosette shape that can spread several feet in diameter, making it a dramatic addition to any landscape.

The agave blooms once in its lifetime, sending up a tall flower stalk that can reach impressive heights before producing flowers and subsequently dying. This flowering process can take many years to occur, with the plant investing significant energy into this single reproductive event.


  • Light: Agave marmorata requires full sun to partial shade. In extremely hot climates, some afternoon shade can prevent leaf scorch.

  • Soil: Well-draining soil is crucial. If planting in containers, use a cactus or succulent mix. In the ground, amend heavy soils with sand or gravel to improve drainage.

  • Water: While drought-tolerant, regular watering during the hot, dry season encourages growth. Allow soil to dry out between waterings to prevent root rot.

  • Temperature: It is frost sensitive, so in cooler climates, it should be grown in containers that can be moved indoors or provided with frost protection during cold weather.

  • Fertilizer: Minimal fertilization is needed. If desired, a balanced, slow-release fertilizer can be applied in the spring.

  • Propagation: Agave marmorata can be propagated from seeds or offsets (pups) that form around the base of the plant.

Understanding the specific needs and history of Agave marmorata can enhance the cultivation and appreciation of this stunning species, making it a valued addition to gardens, especially those designed with drought tolerance in mind.

Please be aware that since the day we took pictures of this plant, the plant may have grown, and appear slightly different than what you saw portrayed.

Botanical family: Agavaceae

Botanical genus: Agave

Botanical species: Agave marmorata


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Plant Diameter: 56cm

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