Attenuata agaves have soft, spineless foliage. This one has blue-gray, recurving leaves in large rosettes. When first set, the plant will be flush with the ground, but will grow so that the rosettes are on top of bare, woody-looking stems. The farther inland you garden, the more shade these plants will need. 'Nova' is a selection grown from seed collected by Myron Kimnack and Fred Boutin and originally grown and marketed by the Huntington Gardens. This agave is also known as Agave attenuata 'Boutin's Blue'.
Light: Full coastal sun to shade, inland partial to full shade
Hardiness: 30 degrees (very frost-tender)
As with all succulents, is drought-tolerant, but may need supplemental water during dry times. If you wish, you can cut the rosette off, allow it to callus, and re-set it.
It's hard to find a plant that doesn't look great with this Agave. Pair with echeverias, senecio, echeveria, ornamental grasses, and drought-tolerant perennials such as agastache.