This is one part in a weekly series featuring the UC Davis Arboretum’s “Garden Gems” series – 45 can’t-fail, easy-care, low-water plants well adapted to our region and that add sparkle to drought-tolerant landscapes.
Shadow Dancer dwarf hybrid agave
Agave x romani ‘Shadow Dancer’
Size: To 1 foot tall and wide.
Bloom season: Unknown.
Exposure: Partial sun or speckled shade.
Pruning needs: None.
Water needs: Low; once established, water deeply one a month.
Snapshot: An intriguing new plant on the garden scene, Shadow Dancer agave is a small spiky succulent with unusual pale leaves edged in dark red. The leaves start a very light green, then fade to parchment white as they age. It’s especially attractive as an accent in the front of a planting bed or in containers.
For more on “Garden Gems,” click on arboretum.ucdavis.edu.