Agave lophantha
Image of Agave lophantha 'Quadricolor' overview of plant
Common Name Quadricolor century plant, Thorncrest century plant, Center stripe agave
Latin Name Agave lophantha
Family Agavaceae
Sunset zones / USDA zones   / 9-10
Type / Form Succulent / Small
Native Habitat Texas, Tamualipas
Soil Dry decomposed granite, limestone, sand, low organic content, well drained
Water Twice per month
Exposure Full sun to light shade
Height X Width 1 foot X 1 foot
Protective Mechanism Spines
Leaves Edged with yellow and having a pale green midstripe. The yellow marginal stripe, highlighted by dark reddish teeth, flush red when grown in bright light to give the leaf four distinct colors.
Flowers Evergreen, greyish green to yellow flower once at about 10 years or more (monocarpic), stalk 12 feet high
Bark / Roots  
Maintenance None
Propagation Suckers (called pups), seeds
Pests and diseases None
Landscape uses Erosion control, rock garden, low maintenance, fire retardant
Garden Suitability Sonoran, Fire Retardant
Nature Value Flowers used by nectirvorous bats, hummingbirds, songbirds, butterflies, and bees
Native American Uses Used to make rope and cloth, rosettes baked
Links  
    Images, and data http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/66684/
    Images, and data http://www.desert-tropicals.com/Plants/Agavaceae/Agave_lophantha.html
    Images, and data http://www.mswn.com/Plant%20Info%20Sheets/Agave%20lophantha.pdf
    Images, and data http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/ornamentals/nativeshrubs/agavelophan.htm
    Nursery, images, and data http://www.smgrowers.com/products/plants/plantdisplay.asp?plant_id=3222
    Nursery Oak Hills Nursery, 13874 Ranchero Road, Oak Hills, 92345, 760-947-6261
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