In the past week, I’ve dug up, callused, and replanted seven pups from my three Agave angustifolia ‘Marginata’ plants. I think this species is the most prolific pup producer of them all. There are 12 more pups to remove, and if I can persuade a few people to take some, I’ll finish this job for the season.
The A. angustifolia, considered a mid-sized Agave, will get about three feet in diameter, but some will grow to six feet. I think they are one of the most attractive of the genus, with their leaves margined in white. The spines are white, and the terminal spines have red tips.
In this region the A. angustifolia, is known as Maguey Lechugilla. There are many cultivars of this species, with varying widths of the stripes on the leaves, as well as a reverse coloration where the inner portion is white and the outer, green. It is one most sun tolerant Agaves, with no sun damage, even with a full southern exposure. It performs equally well in an area with only morning sun.
I’ve seen this species used as a house and office plant in places with contemporary and modern furnishings. With the many very sharp terminal spines, it’s not something to use where there are kids or pets or clumsy adults!