Agave Victoriae-reginae is a small succulent that belongs to the Agavaceae family.
It is rated as growable in USDA hardiness zones 9 to 11, and as H2 in the UK.
Thus, though tolerant of temperatures below freezing, it is best not to grow in areas of deep frost.
Agave victoriae-reginae at Huasteca Canyon, Nuevo Leon photograph by Amante Darmanin.
It is a slow-growing plant that forms a small clump that is about 30 cm (1 foot) tall and 45 cm (18 inches) feet in width.
The plant only flowers once in its lifetime, and that is when it is at the end of its lifespan. It is known for the white lines that outline the deep green spiked leaves.
The plant will grow a tall spike about of up to 4.5 m (15 feet). At the end of the spike, fragrant flower clusters that are reddish-purple will form.
Agave de la Reine Victoria, image by Amante Darmanin, under CC.
The plant was named in honour of Queen Victoria. Other common names include Royal Agave, Victoria Agave, Queen Victoria Century Plant, and Queen Victoria Agave.
When planting outside, the Agave Victoriae-reginae needs full sun.
It will need protection from the harsh afternoon sun to prevent burning.
Close up of an Agave victoriae-reginae plant, photograph by Amante Darmanin; CC.
It can easily grow inside when placed on a sunny windowsill. This plant can easily be the show-stopper that the garden needs.
Agave Victoriae-reginae is drought tolerant. However, consider bringing it inside if it is getting a lot of rain.
The plant prefers well-drained, airy soil. The soil needs to contain a sizeable amount of grit.
In hot dry climates, watering the plant several times a week is recommended.
The succulent goes dormant in the winter, so it needs little to no water.
Queen Victoria Agave photograph by Alex Lomas; CC.