Agave lophantha 'Splendida'


Agave univittata 'Splendida' (Center Stripe Agave)

Agave univittata 'Splendida' (Center Stripe Agave), also known as Agave lophantha 'Splendida', is a clustering, succulent plant with…


Agave lophantha, also known as thorncrest century plant, grows very slowly to about 2 feet in diameter and up to 2 to 3 feet tall.

In partially shaded areas, this plant can be used as a focal point in a desert garden, or in groups as a barrier. The saw-like flat leaves grow from a dense rosette base and spiral outwards.

The foliage varies in color depending on the cultivar. Agave lophantha 'quadricolor' has dark green leaves, with yellow edges and a pale green strip down the middle the leaves are also accented with dark red teeth lining the sides.В

Other cultivars also have dark green leaves with a lighter colored stripe pattern. The Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association chose the center stripe agave (Agave lophantha 'Splendida') as a Florida Garden Select Plant for 2013. This variety has dark green rosettes highlighted with a creamy-gold center stripe down each leaf that brightens in spring and early summer.

It takes several years for this plant to bloom, and has greenish yellow flowers on a stalk which can reach 12 feet tall. As with most Agaves, each plant only flowers once and then dies soon afterwards. However, numerous “pups” are produced around the base which will continue to grow.

Agave, Hardy Century Plant, Maguey 'Splendida'


Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs Water regularly do not overwater

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USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual


Plant has spines or sharp edges use extreme caution when handling

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Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant break open to collect seeds

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Gardeners' Notes:

On Mar 11, 2014, Succubus14 from Atlanta, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Very tough. Left outside on a west facing 5th floor balcony for

12 hours during the January 2014 "polar vortex" (lows in the upper teens w/ some wind). Normally handles mid 20's no problem. Got nervous and brought it inside in the morning, was frozen solid, attempted a hair dryer emergency thaw. Survived w/ no rot, minimal leaf discoloration.

Agave lophantha 'Splendida'

Item #: 8014

Zones: 7b to 10b, at least

Dormancy: Evergreen

Height: 11" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: Mexico

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L) ?

This splendid form of the vigorous North American native Agave lophantha came to us from plantsman Ted Stephens of Nurseries Caroliniana. Each 11" tall x 18" wide variegated rosette is composed of fat, 7" long x 2" wide, succulent leaves. The dark green, heavily-armed leaves are highlighted by a wide central yellow stripe that is even wider on the leaf back. Agave lophantha is a suckering century plant species with offsets held close to the parent rosette. When your Agave 'Splendida' is old enough, it will be topped with a 12' tall, 1" diameter flower spike holding manfreda-like, spidery, fragrant flowers. hummingbirds not included.

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