Agave 'Kazo Bana' is one of the best of the gold-edged forms of Agave victoriae-reginae. Kazo Bana, which means "flower of Kazo," was named by Japanese variegated plant guru, Yoshimichi Hirose. Our 6-year-old plants are now 6" tall x 10" wide, but we expect them to mature at 10" tall x 18" wide with age...great age. The tight, slowly offsetting clumps of Agave victoriae-reginae 'Kazo Bana' are composed of thick, dark green leaves highlighted by a butterscotch-gold border and topped with attractive white markings. Although most Agave victoriae-reginae are hardy to Zone 7b, I'd recommend growing this to a larger size before trying it outdoors north of warm zone 8. Agave flowers attract hummingbirds.
This clonal selection of the compact form of Agave victoriae-reginae comes from Yucca Do Nursery, where it was selected for its perfectly symmetrical form and nice white leaf markings. Agave victoriae-reginae is painfully slow growing, so expect about 5-10 years before you'll have a basketball-sized clump. Good winter drainage and a slightly sloped planting site are important for survival. When they finally flower, the 15' tall stalks of tightly held yellow flowers make great hummingbird magnets.
Agave victoriae-reginae 'Ring of Gold' is one of many variegated selections of Agave victoriae-reginae that we acquired years ago without a valid cultivar name. Agave 'Ring of Gold' offsets faster than all the Agave victoriae-reginae clones we grow, producing 3-4 times the offsets of the other variegated clones, thus creating a ring around the mother rosette. The yellow leaf margin of Agave 'Ring of Gold' is more yellow than the yellow-orange of Agave 'Kazo Bana'.