Agave applanata 'Cream spike'
Family: Asparagaceae, formerly Agavaceae
Common Name: cream spike
Origin: Agave applanata is endemic to Veracruz and Puebla, Mexico, but was spread to the north by humans in the pre-historic era. The cultivar 'Cream spike' is nursery born, tracing its appearance in cultivation to Nature’s Curiosity Shop, which received the species from Japan in the 1980’s. However, the exact origin of cream spike is unknown.
Description: Agave applanata ‘Cream spike’ is a dwarf variegation of Agave applanata, possessing glaucous leaves with cream colored edges. Dwarf specimens are low growing and flat, becoming rosette-shaped and broadened as the plant matures. Additionally, each leaf is tipped with a flexible spine, which firms with age, and the margins may seasonally flush red. When flowering, a stalk up to 3m is produced, bearing small red to orange flowers.
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