Botanical Name: Agave americana var. medio-picta
Common Name: Medio Picta Century Plant  
Plant photo of: Agave americana var. medio-picta
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Shrub, Succulent


Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Blue Green, Grey, White, Variegated


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half



Very Low, Low


Growth Rate

Moderate, Slow


Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Ranch, Spanish, Wild Garden


Accenting Features

Specimen, Unusual Foliage


Seasonal Interest



Location Uses

Parking Strip, Parking Lot, Raised Planter, With Rocks


Special Uses

Container, Mass Planting


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: George Hull MSN
Photographer: Mountain States Nursery
  • Description

  • Notes

This form has arching leaves with a creamy white stripe down the center of the blue-green leaf. The leaves are outstanding with their arching form and are well armed with a stout, terminal spine as well as marginal teeth. It is somewhat smaller than the americana variety, growing to around 4.' It prefers full sun, well drained soil and will perform well in containers. This form also will die after bloom but will survive in the form of new pups around the old plant.
Planting Instructions: 1. Dig a hole 2 times the width and 1 and 1/2 times the height of the container. 2. Set rootball at ground level. 3. Prepare soil mix of equal parts soil and soil amendment. 4. Backfill with amended soil. 5. Build basin and water.