Queen Victoria Agaves are a staple in Arizona low desert gardens, and they come in a variety of forms. Some have long, narrow leaves edged in white; some are tight rosettes with wide leaves like the Compacta, and others have a more open, spiky appearance. None of the varieties, in my opinion, is as beautiful as the Compacta. Queen Victoria Agaves are native to north central Mexico where they are considered endangered. A nurseryman told me that they are getting harder to find, and that's why they are more expensive than other Agaves. Even he had not seen the Compacta variety in several years, so I was grateful to have stumbled upon mine.
Several years after planting it, we sold our home. I wanted to dig up that Agave and take it with me, but with a twinge of regret, I left it there for the new owner. When we started to landscape our current property, I looked in vain for another 'Compacta' but I've never found another one. I eventually settled for a couple of the more common Queen Victoria Agave varieties for my new garden and they are thriving, but I still remember with fondness the one I left behind.
There's part of the sun in an apple, There's part of the moon in a rose;
There's part of the flaming Pleiades In every leaf that grows.