The agave cornelius is a low growing, colorful plant. It has thick, wavy blue green and yellow variegated foliage with wide leaves. This spectacular plant has sharp black teeth along its leaves and a sharp tip. It will grow about two feet wide and tall to form an attractive medium-sized rosette. This plant is very slow-growing and will rarely produce offsets. Plant this desert accent in showy containers, small rock gardens, and areas that do not receive regular irrigation. It can also be used as a winter interest plant or in succulent and cactus gardens. This plant was discovered by the late Dr. Cornelius of California and has been passed around in collectors’ nurseries of California. There is not a lot known about the origin of this agave.
The agave cornelius likes full sun and well-draining soils. It also prefers to completely dry out between watering cycles. If overwatered, the plant will quickly rot. This agave prefers drier conditions during the cooler seasons. It is very hardy and will take temperatures below seventeen degrees Fahrenheit.