Royal agave

Agave victoriae-reginae | Also known as: Queen Victoria century plant, Agave considerantii | Rating: 3 votes | Print / Pdf

Royal agave: usually not amused.

Agave victoriae-reginae or Queen Victoria agave is a stunning agave with huge ornamental appeal. The leaves grow in tightly packed rosettes giving the plant a domed or almost spherical shape. The leaves are a dark green, short and thick with white edges giving a geometric effect. It's a small agave, growing to just half a metre in diameter. It's one of the more cold tolerant agaves too, but will still need to be in a heated environment over winter in colder climates. This agave has been given an RHS Award of Garden Merit.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.5
Spread [m]
  • 0.5
Dominant flower colour
  • White
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
  • Late summer
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Foliage in winter
  • Green
  • Yes, let it smell
Propagation methods
  • seed
  • offsets
Growth habit
  • Erect
  • Rosette
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
Hardiness zone
  • Z9-11
Heat zone
  • H12-5
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -7 - 4
Heat days
  • 30 - 210
  • well-drained
Soil type
  • sandy
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Cacti & succulents
  • Succulents
Grown for
  • Ornamental foliage and habit
Creative category
  • For Beginners
  • Show-offs
  • Author's choice
Garden type
  • Coastal
  • Containers
  • Mediterranean garden
Garden spaces
  • Specimen
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 20 years