Agave lophantha ‘Quadricolor’
Distinctive bands of color give the Quadricolor Century Plant its name. Dark green leaves have a paler green center stripe and wide, creamy yellow margins. The spiny teeth age to dark red to black, adding another hue. A flush of red or pink can occur with drought and colder temperatures. This agave stays a compact 18" tall and 2' wide. Pups that form around the base can be broken off when larger, air dried for a couple days and rooted in fresh succulent soil.
It does well in coastal full sun to part sun and low water. Faster growth comes with supplemental summer water, although it likes drier winter conditions. Mature plants can send up a 12' spike of greenish yellow flowers that attract hummingbirds.