Agave lophantha ‘Splendida’

Center Stripe Agave
A single central chartreuse streak distinguishes this suckering agave. Elegant, white toothed, serrated rosettes, need zero water once established. Good drainage a must.
synonyms Agave univittata 'Splendida'
height 8–14
width 1–2
tolerates Cold, Drought, Heat, Pots, Rooftops, Neglect, Wind
Agave are extremely drought tolerant, and this one needs no supplemental irrigation in coastal California. It will however look better and grow faster if given additional water, especially during summer or in inland areas of dry heat.
exposure Part Shade – Full Sun
drainage In Ground: Cactus Mix, In Pots: Cactus Mix, Tolerates Sandy Soil
fertilizing All Purpose, Low Needs
origin Mexico

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Outdoor Exposure Guide


Full Sun
Six or more hours of sun beams directly landing on the plant's leaves.

Part Shade
Three to five hours of sun beams directly landing on the plant's leaves.

Part Sun
One to two hours of sun beams directly landing on the plants leaves.

Full Shade
The plant is never fully lit by sun beams, but is in a bright spot or has dappled sunbeams playing over the leaves throughout the day.

Deep Shade
The plant never has dappled light on the leaves, and is in a place that feels dim, even on a nice sunny day.


Growing Notes

Most agave are monocarpic, meaning that a head will grow larger and larger over time, building up energy, then send off a spectacular flower and afterward decline and die. Pupping varieties like this one grow from stolons at the base, constantly replacing the older bloomed out heads with new ones, which then grow larger and flower, continuing the life cycle.
You can ‘pineapple’ your agave, by removing the lowest leaves. This is best started while it is out of the nursery can, but before planting, when you can access leaves from the bottom. This gives the plant a short trunk, textured similar to many palms, and allows you to get under the plant for weeding or removing pups. This agave pups so vigorously that you may want to choose another, if you are not looking for a colony of agaves.
Agave, even very large ones, are surprisingly well suited to pot culture. Agave that would normally be ten feet in the ground tend to settle into even small pots and stay in harmonious balance. Every few years, if they start to stall, you can remove them and trim back a third of the roots and remove any pups. Sometimes they get very root bound and it can be beneficial to bottom water, setting them in a saucer of water for a day.

Special Interest

At maturity has a single thin twelve foot flower spike. This flower has the typical elongated stamens of the species and is quite attractive. This flowering signals the end of life of the individual rosette that it grows from.

When agave set pups they can easily be removed and propagated. It’s best to do this once they start to establish and have some of their own roots.

As a suckering plant this agave makes an excellent ‘home defense’ tool when planted along a fence line or beneath windows. Plant two to three feet apart.