Agave ovatifolia (Whale's Tongue Hardy Century Plant)
Zone: 7a to 9b,at least
Height: 36" tall
Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)
The fabulous Agave ovatifolia was first brought into the US by the late Lynn Lowery, who found it growing between 3,000' and 7,000' elevation in Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Agave ovatifolia was planted around Dallas and survived for decades unscathed by drought or cold. We have also received several reports of Agave ovatifolia surviving -5 degrees F when kept dry. Agave expert, Greg Starr, curious to know its identity, retraced Lynn's route and found the original population in Mexico, where it was determined to be a new species and subsequently named in 2002. In form, Agave ovatifolia looks like an Agave parryi on steroids, forming a 36" tall x 5' wide (in 5 years), symmetrical clump of wide grey succulent leaves. Agave ovatifolia has proven to be one of the best agaves for cold, wet climates, far outperforming almost all other species.