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Agave victoriae-reginae Moore

Queen Victoria agave

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassLiliopsidaMonocots (plants with a single seed leaf); includes the lily family
SubclassLiliidaeIncludes lilies, orchids, and many others
OrderAsparagalesA diverse group that includes asparagus
FamilyAsparagaceaeAgaves, asparagus, hyacinths, and others
GenusAgaveFrom Greek, meaning “noble”
Speciesvictoriae-reginaeNamed for Queen Victoria

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Native to a small area in Mexico, these agaves are now endangered. It is named for Queen Victoria, though I cannot figure out why. Does anyone know?

Identification: As agaves go, these are fairly small, 1½-2′ (50-70 cm) around. They consist of a tight ball of stiff leaves with white edges. Leaves are triangular in cross-section, 6-8″ (15-20 cm) long and 1½-2½″ (3.8-6.3 cm) wide. The plant produces a spike 10-13′ (3-4.0 m) high, the upper half of which contains cream-colored flowers (most agave flowers are yellow), with a touch of red/purple. After about 40 years, the plant flowers once, then, like most agaves, dies.


Irish, Mary & Irish, Gary, Agaves, Yuccas and Related Plants: A Gardener’s Guide, Timber Press, 2000, p. 176

Online References:


Cactus Art: the World of Cacti & Succulents

The Columbus Cactus Club

Chris A. Martin's site at Arizona State University

George and Audrey DeLange's Arizona wildflower site

Agave consideranti Carrière

Agave ferdinandi-regis Berger

Agave nichelsii R. Gosselin


Agave victoriae-reginae description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Agave victoriae-reginae (Queen Victoria agave)

4/6/2011 · Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens, Druid Hill Park, Baltimore, Mary­land · ≈ 17 × 12″ (44 × 29 cm)


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