Synonyms: Agave ferdinandi-regis, Agave nickelsiae
Family: Asparagaceae, formerly Agavaceae
Common Name: king of agaves, king of the agaves, Queen Victoria agave
Origin: Agave victoriae-reginae originates from the Sierra Madre Oriental Mountains in the state of Coahuila, and south of Nuevo Leon, in northeastern Mexico. It is found in lower elevation slopes and near vertical cliffs of desert canyons, in calcareous soils. While endangered in its natural habitat, the species is abundant in cultivation.
Description: The Queen Victoria agave is a perennial succulent characterized by olive-green, white-edged leaves, and a black central spine. The close-growing, blade-like leaves will develop into a rosette capable of reaching up to 18 inches in diameter, either developing a solitary or clumping form. In summer, plants may grow a curved green spike up to 4 meters tall, bearing numerous yellow flowers that are flushed purple-red.
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