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These spiky rosettes are most popularly known for the large century plant, with steel blue leaves or in its variegated form. Agaves for containers are much smaller and slow-growing.

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Agave attenuata. Coarse, broad leaves make this an imposing succulent with soft-green leaves.

A. victoriae-reginae. A small agave, reminiscent of an artichoke, but with striking white margins to its green leaves.

A. chiapensis. Another dainty agave with broad gray-green leaves with black teeth.

A. gigantensis. Large in size and texture, this agave has broad silver-blue leaves with wavy edges.

A. Blue Flame. A hybrid with dusky blue-green leaves that form a rosette about 18 inches high.

A. Blue Glow. The leaves are smooth, pointed and upright, with a distinct blue cast and red-orange margins.


Aeoniums are valued for their flower-like leaf rosettes: large, colorful and presented on stems that vary in length by variety and age.

Aeonium Kiwi. This variety forms striking rosettes that are lime green edged in red.

A. Tip Top. This was developed for its unusual profusion of rosettes, which are dark purple with green centers.

A. Pinwheel. Tight, upright clusters of gray-green foliage tinged red at the tips.


Echeverias form distinctive low-growing rosettes, beautifully plump and symmetrically patterned, and in unusual colors.

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