Agave montana
"Mountain Agave"

Photo courtesy of Megan Hansen

This handsome “Century Plant” forms solitary artichoke-like rosettes of upright apple-green serrated leaves. Reaching 4’ tall and 5’ wide over a 10 year period, this non-suckering species. The showy leaves feature the saw-tooth pattern of neighboring leaves on both the top and bottom, noticeable teeth along the edges, and terminate in sharp black spines making it reliably deer proof! Mature plants sometimes acquire a lovely bluish caste. This monocarpic plant is slow to flower, eventually producing a dramatic 12’ high flower spike containing 20-30 tightly held branches, each with a cluster of brilliant yellow flowers. This hardy species can handle anything you throw at it as long as it gets good drainage and a minimal amount of water. Plant in well-drained soil. Hails from the higher altitudes of northeast Mexico.

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Sun/Part Sun
Low/No Summer Water

Perennial Succulent
USDA zones 7-10