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Agapanthus 'Back in Black' PP 16,244 (Back in Black Lily-of-the-Nile) #6170

Zone: 7b to 10b,at least

Height: 24" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: Hybrid

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$18.00   
Not to be confused with the alien fighters of a similar name, Agapanthus 'Back in Black' is a Lily-of-the-Nile from Holland's Piet Zonneveld. In late summer this 2005 introduction produces dark green flower scapes from the strap-like green foliage which age to black. The 2' tall flower scapes are topped with flower heads of very dark blue-purple flowers...quite striking and a favorite of hummingbirds. This is patented as an Agapanthus africanus selection but, being an open pollinated seedling, this species assignment is highly suspect.

Agapanthus 'Elaine' (Elaine Lily-of-the-Nile) #3513

Zone: 7a to 10b,at least

Height: 36" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: Hybrid

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$17.00   
(Patent 7303 expired) From California's Archie Amate comes this 1990 introduction, a phenomenally vigorous evergreen (in mild climates) lily-of-the-Nile that makes a fast-growing 3' tall clump of green strap-like leaves, topped in midsummer with hummingbird-attracting, dark blue-violet (RHS 93A), 8" wide flower heads on 50" tall stems.

Agapanthus 'Ellamae' (Ellamae Lily-of-the-Nile) #3514

Zone: 7b to 10b,

Height: 36" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: Hybrid

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$17.00   
(Patent 7297 expired) Agapanthus 'Ellamae'...now there's a plant with a good southern name! From California's Archie Amate comes this 1990 introduction, a monstrous and vigorous lily-of-the-Nile that makes a large clump of green strap-like leaves, topped in midsummer with dark blue-violet umbels of flowers on Jack and the Beanstalk-like 66" tall stems...butterflies not included. Agapanthus 'Ellamae' is consistently one of the top performing lilies-of-the-Nile in our field trials...especially after cold winters.

Agapanthus 'Notfred' (Silver Moon Lily-of-the-Nile) #9672

Zone: 7b to 10b,guessing

Height: 18" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: Hybrid

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$20.00   
Agapanthus 'Notfred' (sold as 'Silver Moon') from the UK's Notcutts Nursery is another of several white-edged Lily-of-the-Nile introductions. Unlike the others, Agapanthus 'Notfred' has so far survived outdoors for us, although through a milder than normal winter. The 6" tall clumps of narrow foliage are topped in midsummer with 18" tall spikes of medium blue-lavender flowers. In our climate, the variegation pattern on the leaves starts as a yellow edge and changes to white before finally fading to green in our summer heat. So, the question remains, who is notfred and is he related to notwaldo?

Agapanthus 'Stevie's Wonder' (Stevie's Wonder Lily-of-the-Nile) #8250

Zone: 7b to 10b,at least

Height: 36" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: Hybrid

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$17.00   
Agapanthus 'Stevie's Wonder' is an introduction from California's Emerissa Gardens that I picked up on a West Coast swing many years ago...as much for the name as anything else. Over the years, this has been a star in our agapanthus trials for winter hardiness, deer-resistance, and outstanding flowering. The 2.5' to 3' tall (over 6' tall in the Pacific Northwest) spikes are topped with 4" ball-shaped heads composed of rich blue-violet, hummingbird-attracting flowers. I think you will find Agapanthus 'Stevie's Wonder' a superb garden-worthy clone, sure to be the sunshine of your life. We'll get yours on the way...signed, sealed, delivered.

Agapanthus 'Storm Cloud' (Storm Cloud Lily-of-the-Nile) #1342

Zone: 7b to 10b,at least

Height: 24" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: Hybrid

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$17.00   
Thanks to Barrie Coate for setting us straight on the origin of this great agapanthus. When Barrie was director of the Saratoga Horticultural Foundation, he selected this gem from thousands of open pollinated seedlings of the deciduous Agapanthus 'Mood Indigo'. The resulting evergreen selection (only to 28 degrees F) is a dynamite lily-of-the-Nile with the typical strap-like foliage to 24" tall. Through late summer, the huge clumps of Agapanthus 'Storm Cloud' foliage are topped with giant, magnificent, hummingbird-friendly flower heads of bluish-purple on very sturdy stalks to 4' tall...WOW!

Agapanthus 'White Heaven' PP 15,811 (White Heaven Lily-of-the-Nile) #6390

Zone: 8a to 10b,

Height: 30" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: South Africa

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$20.00   
From Kees de Jong of Holland comes an amazing agapanthus that appeared in his cut flower field of blue Agapanthus africanus. The deciduous (evergreen in mild climates), 1.5" wide, green foliage makes a 2' wide clump topped in midsummer with 30" stalks of huge 10" flower heads of up to 80 pure white flowers...a hummingbird favorite. It took Barry Bonds years of steroid use to get a head this large...Agapanthus 'White Heaven' has consistently tested "clean."

Agastache 'Blue Fortune' (Blue Fortune Anise Hyssop) #3209

Zone: 3a to 9b,

Height: 36" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: United States Hybrid

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$14.00   
When my friend Gert Fortgens of Arboretum Trompenburg in Holland told me about his cross of the North American native Agastache foeniculum with the Korean Agastache rugosa, the offspring sounded too good to be true. However, after trialing Agastache 'Blue Fortune' in our dry garden, I consider it one of the finest new perennials in years! In spring, the strong new stalks of Agastache 'Blue Fortune' shoot upward to 3' tall, clothed with fuzzy, licorice-scented fragrant leaves. From early spring through summer, the stems are topped with hundreds of large bottlebrush, blue-lavender flowers that attract a stunning array of pollinators, including hummingbirds! Agastache 'Blue Fortune' needs an open, well-drained site for best performance.

Agastache 'Cotton Candy' PP 20,991 (Cotton Candy Hummingbird Mint) #8880

Zone: 6a to 9b,

Height: 24" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: United States Hybrid

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$14.00   
This Terra Nova introduction is one of the first of the brightly-colored agastache hybrids to survive our NC summers. Agastache 'Cotton Candy' forms a 2' tall x 3' wide drought-tolerant clump of upright green stems, each clothed in small, but very minty-fragranced leaves. From spring through fall, the stems are topped with dense clusters of small pink flowers emerging from the dark pink-tipped calyces. Agastache 'Cotton Candy' is a magnet for attracting both butterflies and hummingbirds...we recommend a flight control tower within a 100' radius. Good drainage is essential for long-term survivability.

Agave 'Desert Diamond' PPAF (Desert Diamond Century Plant) #9457

Zone: 9a to 10b,

Height: 15" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: Mediterranean Europe

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$18.00   
Agave 'Desert Diamond' is the latest Hans Hansen century plant introduction...a wide-edged sport of Agave 'Kissho Kan'. Compared to its parent, Agave 'Desert Diamond' is slightly slower growing due to the extra white in the leaf, but will eventually make a 15" tall x 18" wide, sparsely offsetting variegated rosette. Agave 'Desert Diamond' is a stunning century plant, especially in a container for the summer patio.

Agave albopilosa (Hair-tipped Century Plant) #9610

Zone: 7b to 10b,guessing

Height: 12" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: Mexico

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$75.00   
Agave albopilosa is simply the most amazing agave species ever discovered, and one that took the succulent world by storm when it was first published in 2007. The small population of Agave albopilosa was discovered growing on a remote, nearly vertical 3,500-5,000' cliff in the mountains of Nuevo Leon, southwest of Monterrey, Mexico. In the wild, Agave albopilosa grows with the winter hardy Agave bracteosa, Agave victoriae-reginae, and Agave lechuguilla. At 1' tall x 20" wide, Agave albopilosa resembles Agave victoriae-reginae, which many botanists theorize was one of its ancient parents. The main difference between the two is that at agave puberty (around 3 years old) the tips of the narrow, green, upturned leaves develop little white tufts of hair. Agave albopilosa is as rare as proverbial hens' teeth since it does not offset and seeds have been insanely scarce. Our offering represents very limited three-year-old nursery propagated seedlings. We have not yet tried this outdoors, but anticipate it will be as hardy as Agave victoriae-reginae. Agave albopilosa has proven very easy to grow in containers.

Agave americana 'Marshmallow Cream' (Marshmallow Cream Century Plant) #7869

Zone: 9a to 10b,guessing

Height: 60" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: Mexico

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$22.00   
We purchased this lovely form of Agave americana in 2005 from a grower in Thailand. Unfortunately it came without a valid cultivar name, so we've named it Agave americana 'Marshmallow Cream'. Agave 'Marshmallow Cream' has a much wider and shorter leaf than the typical Agave americana 'Marginata', which is more common in the trade. Agave americana 'Marshmallow Cream' also makes a much more elegant plant in the ground as well as in a container. Since it isn't winter hardy for us, we can only guess about a mature size, but we would expect 5' tall x 8' wide. Quantities are very limited.

Agave americana 'Mediopicta Alba' (White-Centered Mexican Century Plant) #6288

Zone: 8b to 10b,at least

Height: 24" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: Mexico

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$24.00   
This beautiful but slowly offsetting selection of the Mexican Agave americana makes a 2' tall x 3' wide clump with each wide blue leaf highlighted with a wide central stripe of white. Agave americana 'Mediopicta Alba' is often used as a specimen container plant by gardeners in colder zones. Because of the leaf layer arrangement, Agave americana 'Mediopicta Alba' is one of the few variegated agave that cannot be successfully tissue cultured.

Agave americana ssp. protamericana (Protamericana Hardy Century Plant) #5008

Zone: 7b to 10b,

Height: 60" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: Mexico

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$16.00   
Agave americana ssp. protamericana is one of our favorite hardy agaves. For us, this species has proven to be the largest- and fastest-growing of the winter hardy species. The wide, steel-blue leaf rosettes form huge upright clumps to 5' tall x 8' wide in as little as 8 years with plenty of summer moisture and high fertility. Not only do these century plants grow large, but they offset at a pace nearly equal to the rate at which Congress spends our money. When they mature at 10+ years old, Agave protamericana will be topped with huge flower spikes, large enough for Olympic pole vaulting. Remember, agaves have spines on the tips and edges of each leaf and should not be planted where stupid children play...unless you really believe in Darwin's "survival of the fittest" theory. This offering is from our open pollinated garden seed from an original Yucca Do seed collection from Coahuila, Mexico. It appears that a nearby flowering hybrid of Agave salmiana x Agave asperrima may have contributed genes to the babies.

Agave 'Aristocrat' (Aristocrat Century Plant) #10046

Zone: 8b to 10b,guessing

Height: 10" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: Hybrid

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$16.00   
Agave 'Aristocrat' is an attractive olive green-leafed century plant that sports a red and gold finely-serrated leaf margin. Agave 'Aristocrat' is an upright grower, composed of 8" long x 2" wide, deeply-channeled leaves. Agave 'Aristocrat' is a hybrid of Agave mitis (celsii) x Agave polianthiflora.

Agave bracteosa (Bracted Century Plant) #4763

Zone: 7b to 10b,

Height: 6" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: Mexico

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$16.00   
I was fortunate to see this amazing, un-agave-looking agave in the wild near Monterrey, Mexico, where it precariously hangs off lightly shaded, high cliffs. Eventually spreading to 2' wide, the easy-to-grow, user-friendly Agave bracteosa resembles large, gray-green spiders with NO spines. We recommend that Agave bracteosa be planted on a slight slope to duplicate the great drainage they receive in the wild. After 2-4 years, Agave bracteosa will begin to form offsets and, when they mature, each clump will produce an amazing 5-7' tall flower spike that resembles a giant yellow bottlebrush!

Agave bracteosa 'Monterrey Frost' (Monterrey Frost Century Plant) #8537

Zone: 8b to 10b,at least

Height: 12" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Light Shade

Origin: Mexico

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$24.00   
It was lust at first sight when I saw Agave bracteosa 'Monterrey Frost' in California's San Diego Botanic Garden. This rare form of the northern Mexican Agave bracteosa has been passed along in California collectors' circles for more than a decade, but is rarely available to the general public. The frozen squid-like architectural rosette of sandpapery green foliage is edged with a perfect creamy-white margin, eventually producing a 1' tall x 18" wide variegated specimen that will offset sporadically after it matures. Agave bracteosa actually enjoys part shade, which also keeps the white edge from scorching. The white edge reduces its winter-hardiness so, where this isn't reliably hardy, Agave 'Monterrey Frost' makes a stunning unarmed container specimen. With great age, your Agave 'Monterrey Frost' will flower with lovely fragrant yellow blooms that attract hummingbirds.

Agave 'Chisos Affair' (Chisos Affair Century Plant) #9757

Zone: 7b to 10b,possibly colder

Height: 15" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$16.00   
(aka: Agave DSBG 1990-0400) Agave 'Chisos Affair' is a naturally occurring century plant hybrid of Agave havardiana and Agave lechuguilla, discovered in the Chisos Mountains in Brewster County, Texas. For us, Agave 'Chisos Affair' has proven very easy to grow, forming 15" tall x 2' wide rosettes of 20" long, dusty green, upright, rugged leaves. Agave 'Chisos Affair' makes a fast offsetting 3-4' wide patch in 10 years. Thanks to the Desert Botanical Garden for sharing.

Agave desmettiana 'Desert Sunset' (Desert Sunset Century Plant) #8990

Zone: Tropical

Height: 36" tall

Culture: Part Sun

Origin: Unknown

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$18.00   
The year was 2008...I was walking through the Home Depot parking lot in Phoenix, Arizona, gazing at the median strip plantings of yellow-edged Agave desmettiana, when I spied one plant that stood out from the others. The mutated plant had much wider than normal golden yellow margins surrounding each soft, fleshy green leaf. I returned home with a pup which produced a slowly offsetting specimen to 20" tall x 30" wide that we are pleased to finally introduce as Agave desmettiana 'Desert Sunset'.

Agave desmettiana 'Joe Hoak' (Joe Hoak Variegated Century Plant) #7137

Zone: Tropical

Height: 36" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: Unknown

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$24.00   
This stunning selection of the tropical Agave desmettiana comes from Joe Hoak of Hoak's Nursery in south Florida. Agave 'Joe Hoak' makes a stunning specimen plant with wide, pliable, glaucous grey leaves, each bordered in cream and surrounded by a dark green edge. Many people consider this the most striking agave cultivar in commerce.

Agave gentryi (Gentry's Hardy Century Plant) #1779

Zone: 7b to 9b,at least

Height: 36" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: Mexico

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$16.00   
Agave gentryi is a recently named species of agave from northern Mexico that has performed wonderfully for us in our moist East Coast garden. Agave gentryi makes a very structural, 3' tall x 5' wide mound of glossy green, deeply-channeled foliage with upturned tips. The dramatic, large black spines are also quite attractive...unless you back into them accidentally. We have found that Agave gentryi prefers dry soils in the cold, wet, winter months. Agave gentryi is named from the legendary Agave guru, the late Howard Scott Gentry. This offering is grown from seed from a plant that flowered at California's Ruth Bancroft Garden.

Agave gentryi 'Jaws' (Jaws Hardy Century Plant) #6478

Zone: 7b to 10b,at least

Height: 48" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: Mexico

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$16.00   
Agave gentryi 'Jaws' is a stunning Yucca Do selection from 8,000' on the south side of La Peña Nevada in the Nuevo León Province of northern Mexico. The offsetting, glossy, dark green, 4' tall x 4' wide rosette of Agave gentryi 'Jaws' is composed of long leaves with exceptionally deep sinuses between the short red teeth, resembling a shark's mouth...a maxillofacial delight!

Agave guiengola 'Cream Custard' (Cream Custard Century Plant) #8791

Zone: Tropical

Height: 12" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: Mexico

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$22.00   
(aka: Agave guiengola 'Mediopicta') We originally acquired this century plant in 2007 from Thailand under the invalid name of Agave guiengola 'Mediopicta'. The thick, fleshy, non-spiny leaves are creamy white with a wide blue-green border. Agave 'Cream Custard' makes an outstanding container plant where it isn't winter hardy, forming a 1' tall x 2' wide specimen in 5 years. Because of the large amount white in the leaves, the growth rate is slow.

Agave guiengola 'Creme Brulee' (Creme Brulee Century Plant) #7563

Zone: 9a to 10b,guessing

Height: 18" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: Mexico

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$16.00   
(syn: Agave guiengola 'Marginata') We are pleased to make available this elegant collector plant, whose parent originated in the Guiengola limestone cliffs of Oaxaca (pronounced "Wahaka"), Mexico. Since the name 'Marginata' has been invalid on plants named after 1959, we chose a new name, Agave 'Creme Brulee'. This soft-leaf agave is simply elegant with wide, medium green leaves surrounded by a 1" border of creamy white. While Agave guiengola can reach 3' tall x 4' wide, the variegation should slow it down considerably...we're guessing about 25 percent. Agave 'Creme Brulee' was discovered by California agave specialist, Kelly Griffin. Agave flowers attract hummingbirds.

Agave 'Huasteca Giant' (Huasteca Giant Hardy Century Plant) #6339

Zone: 7b to 9b,at least

Height: 60" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: Mexico

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$20.00   
(aka: Agave ovatifolia 'Giant Form') Agave 'Huasteca Giant' is a huge strain of Agave ovatifolia hybrids that grow near Mexico's famed Huasteca Canyon. In youthful appearance they seem to be hybrids with either Agave gentryi or Agave parrasana. The solitary blue-green foliage rosettes reach an imposing 5' tall x 6' in width. We anticipate the winter hardiness to be similar to typical Agave ovatifolia. Regardless, the Huasteca Giant century plant promises to be an exciting new addition to the world of hardy century plants.

Agave isthmensis 'Moon Disc' (Moon Disc Dwarf Butterfly Century Plant) #9576

Zone: Tropical

Height: 6" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: Mexico

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$24.00   
Agave isthmensis 'Moon Disc' is a sport that we discovered on Agave isthmensis 'Ohi Raijin Shirofu' with the same half dollar-sized leaves but with a slightly whiter center than its parent. Agave 'Moon Disc' makes a compact 6" tall x 6" wide rosette that is composed of thick leaves, each sporting a thumb-sized white central pattern surrounded by a glaucous border. The offsets come from the trunk and not from underground runners like many other agave species. Because of its small size, Agave isthmensis is perfect as a container plant.

Agave isthmensis 'Ohi Raijin Fukurin Nishiki' (Storm Queen Butterfly Century Plant) #8598

Zone: Tropical

Height: 6" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: Mexico

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$24.00   
Agave isthmensis 'Ohi Raijin Fukurin Nishiki' is a white-edged form of the dwarf butterfly agave which can only be found along the Mexican coast of Oaxaca near the Isthmus of Tehuantepec (hence the species name). For us, the individual rosettes never exceed 6" tall x 6" wide. The offsets come from the trunk and not from underground runners like many other agave species. The white leaf edge is strongest on the more mature leaves. Because of its small size, Agave isthmensis 'Ohi Raijin Fukurin Nishiki' is perfect as a container plant. The name translates roughly to central variegated storm queen.

Agave lophantha 'Quadricolor' (Quadricolor Century Plant) #7124

Zone: 8a to 10b,guessing

Height: 18" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: Mexico

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$20.00   
Agave lophantha 'Quadricolor' is a WOW plant...a stunning selection of the ubiquitous Mexican Agave lophantha. This 18" tall x 2' wide selection is composed of 1' long x 2.5" wide leaves, each with a chartreuse yellow center, edged in green and surrounded by a pale green margin, which is then surrounded by a dramatic white border...hence, the name 'Quadricolor'. Agave lophantha 'Quadricolor' makes a dazzling specimen either in a container or in the ground from Zone 8 south. It is a reasonably good offsetting species, so they'll be plenty to share...if you have a sharp knife, strong nerves, and a thick set of gloves. Agave flowers attract hummingbirds.

Agave lophantha 'Splendida' (Splendida Hardy Century Plant) #8014

Zone: 7b to 10b,at least

Height: 11" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: Mexico

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$16.00   
This splendid form of the vigorous North American native Agave lophantha came to us from plantsman Ted Stephens of Nurseries Caroliniana and forms the smallest rosettes of any of the wide-leaf forms of Agave lophantha we grow. Each 11" tall x 18" wide variegated rosette is composed of fat, 7" long x 2" wide, succulent leaves. The dark green, heavily armed leaves are highlighted by a wide central yellow stripe that is even wider on the leaf back. Agave lophantha is a suckering century plant species with offsets held close to the parent rosette. When your Agave 'Splendida' is old enough, it will be topped with a 12' tall, 1" diameter flower spike holding manfreda-like, spidery, fragrant flowers...hummingbirds not included.

Agave mitis var. albidior 'Silver Anniversary' (Silver Anniversary Century Plant) #2033

Zone: 9a to 10b,at least

Height: 18" tall

Culture: Part Sun

Origin: Mexico

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$22.00   
(aka: Agave celsii v. albicans) I first saw this incredibly silver form of Agave mitis v. albidior at Holland's Succulenta nursery in 2004 and was able to return home with a pup. The plant grew into an amazing 18" tall x 3' wide slowly-offsetting specimen. Because this clone was so unique in its silver color, we gave it the clonal name, Agave 'Silver Anniversary', and are pleased to share it.

Agave montana 'Baccarat' (Baccarat Hardy Century Plant) #7191

Zone: 7b to 9b,at least

Height: 24" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: Mexico

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$18.00   
This splendid Yucca Do selection of the tough Agave montana was made in October 1997 from La Encantada in Mexico's Nuevo Leon Province at 9,080' elevation. Agave 'Baccarat' makes a stunning 2' tall x 3' wide clump of broad, glaucous leaves, each ending in a large black spine. The stunning silvery bud imprints (not the beer memorabilia) on the leaf backs are reminiscent of cut crystal; hence, the name. Agave flowers attract hummingbirds.

Agave ocahui var. longifolia (Long-leaf Ocahui Century Plant) #8959

Zone: 7b to 10b,

Height: 30" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: Mexico

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$18.00   
We are thrilled to offer the rarely grown century plant, Agave ocahui var. longifolia. Our offering represents seed-grown plants from our original 1999 planted specimen that flowered in 2011. Agave ocahui var. longifolia is an odd agave, occurring in Sonora, Mexico, at 1,500-4,500', between the towns of Matape and Sahuaripa. In the wild, Agave ocahui var. longifolia grows alongside typical Agave ocahui, but still comes true from seed, indicating it may actually be a separate species. For us, Agave ocahui var. longifolia forms a 30" tall x 5' wide clump of 1" wide, straight, green leaves sans side spines. The amazing flower spike emerges reddish-pink, then morphs into an intricately adorned thick, brown, upward-climbing snake, opening finally as a sparkling flagpole of bright yellow...truly stunning. Agave ocahui var. longifolia is a non-offsetting century plant species and consequently makes a lovely specimen plant.

Agave ovatifolia (Whale's Tongue Hardy Century Plant) #6306

Zone: 7a to 9b,at least

Height: 36" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: Mexico

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$18.00   
This offering of the amazing whale's tongue century plant, Agave ovatifolia, are seed grown plants which offer an opportunity for unique seedlings, compared to the clonal varieties that we also offer. We see slight differences in size of the plants as well as the size of the teeth and the width of the leaves. As a general rule, Agave ovatifolia forms a 3' tall x 6' wide symmetrical non-offsetting rosette of smooth silver-blue leaves. Agave ovatifolia seems particularly tolerant of cold moist climates compared to many other century plants we've grown.

Agave ovatifolia 'Sierra Lampazos' (Sierra Lampazos Whale's Tongue Century Plant) #10229

Zone: 7b to 9b,

Height: 36" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: Mexico

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$18.00   
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 León, 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, non-offsetting 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. This offering is clonally propagated from flowering bulblets from Lynn's original collection.

Agave ovatifolia 'Vanzie' (Vanzie Whale's Tongue Agave) #3242

Zone: 7b to 9b,at least

Height: 36" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: Mexico

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$18.00   
Agave ovatifolia 'Vanzie' is a clonal selection of the fabulous whale's tongue agave from plantsman Kelly Griffin. Agave ovatifolia 'Vanzie' makes a 3' tall x 5' wide specimen of smooth, powder blue leaves when mature. Agave ovatifolia 'Vanzie' was selected for its deeper channeled wavy leaves and insanely fast growth habit. Agave ovatifolia has proven to be one of the most adaptable of the blue-grey leaf agaves for damp, cold climates, although good winter drainage is still important.

Agave parryi x chrysantha Yavapai Co, AZ (Yavapai County Hybrid Century Plant) #9284

Zone: 7b to 10b,at least

Height: 15" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$16.00   
This offering represents an amazing hybrid swarm of century plants that consists of intergrades between Agave parryi and Agave chrysantha. Our seed was shared by PDN customer Erik Anderson, who discovered the plants growing in Yavapai County, Arizona at 4,809' elevation. The blue-leaf, seed-grown century plants range from only a few inches tall to well over 1' tall. We would like to grow them all out but, since that isn't feasible, we're sharing so they'll be spread far and wide.

Agave parryi 'J.C. Raulston' (J. C. Raulston Hardy Century Plant) #8152

Zone: 7a to 9b,possibly colder

Height: 24" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$18.00   
We've grown Agave parryi from all along its native range, but the best clone is still the one growing at the JC Raulston Arboretum in NC. We tracked this clone back to a plant that came from J.C.'s 1979 trip to California's Strybing Arboretum. Strybing obtained their plant from California professor Jack Napton in 1971. This special clone forms large symmetrical 2' tall x 3' wide rosettes that seem particularly well-adapted to winters in wet, humid climates. It is slow to offset compared with many forms, which makes propagation more of a challenge. This clone needed a name and we could not think of anything better than to name it after the late Dr. J.C. Raulston. When it gets around to flowering, the 15' tall leg-thick spike topped with clouds of yellow flowers will draw hummingbirds from all around.

Agave parryi ssp. truncata (Parry's Hardy Century Plant) #5247

Zone: 7b to 9b,at least

Height: 18" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: Mexico

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$16.00   
Agave parryi ssp. truncata, considered one of the most beautiful of all the agaves, has a very limited native distribution. Found only in Durango, Mexico, it can best be described as short, fat, blue, and producing lots of offspring. Come to think of it, that also describes most of the guys at the local saloon on Saturday night. Each 18" tall x 18" wide robust clump is topped at maturity with a phallic flower bud that enlarges into a 3" diameter, 20' tall flower spike which could easily be used for a flagpole...we like horticultural multi-tasking. When they finally open, the bright yellow, fragrant flowers are hummingbird favorites. Remember to keep Agave parryi ssp. truncata well-drained and dry in the winter months.

Agave parryi ssp. truncata 'Bed of Nails' (Bed of Nails Parry's Century Plant) #2949

Zone: 8a to 9b,guessing

Height: 2" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$24.00   
Agave parryi ssp. truncata 'Bed of Nails' is a Plant Delights introduction that's one of the oddest agaves we've grown. This curiosity is a severely mutated form of Agave parryi ssp. truncata that we discovered in a batch of tissue cultured plants. Each rosette has been miniaturized and, instead of offsetting underground, each rosette simply splits, forming a dense clump like Agave isthmensis. We have not found Agave parryi ssp. truncata 'Bed of Nails' to be as winter hardy outdoors as the original parent, but it could be that it's simply more sensitive to winter moisture. Regardless, it's one really cool potted house plant.

Agave potatorum 'Eye Scream' (Eye Scream Century Plant) #9340

Zone: Tropical

Height: 8" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: Mexico

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$28.00   
Agave 'Eye Scream' is sheer perfection. We picked up this un-named sport of Agave potatorum from a grower in Thailand in 2008. For us, it has formed a stunning 8" tall x 18" wide symmetrical clump that makes visitors go gaga (no relation to the Lady), so we christened it Agave 'Eye Scream' in 2015. Each clump of Agave potatorum 'Eye Scream' is composed of 6" long x 3" wide blue leaves, each edged with a wide border of creamy gold. Agave potatorum 'Eye Scream' grows to about half the size of the similarly colored Agave potatorum 'Snowfall'.

Agave x pumila 'Clusterfest' (Clusterfest Dwarf Century Plant) #8975

Zone: 9a to 11,possibly colder

Height: 2" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: Mexico

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$22.00   
Agave x pumila 'Clusterfest' is a dwarf, rapidly offsetting form of the already miniature hybrid Agave x pumila (Agave victoriae-reginae x lechuguilla). The small 2"-4" wide rosettes are composed of a few wide, but deeply-channeled, matte-finished green leaves. Agave x pumila has never been known to flower due to its miniscule size...perfect for fairy and gnome gardens. This form of Agave x pumila seems to offset faster than other forms we've grown. We expect where Agave x pumila 'Clusterfest' is winter hardy in the ground, it may eventually grow larger than we've seen in containers. We couldn't find where this had ever been given a proper cultivar name, so we took care of that. Based on its parentage, it should have good winter hardiness, but due its small size, it will need to be kept bone dry in the winter to have any chance.

Agave salmiana var. ferox x asperrima (La Escondida Hybrid Giant Century Plant) #7222

Zone: 7b to 9b,

Height: 60" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: Mexico

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$18.00   
These amazing century plants were grown from our garden seed gathered from plants that were originally grown from seed collected near La Escondida, Mexico (Sierra Madre Occidental mountain range), as Agave macroculmis. These century plants turned out to be amazingly winter hardy natural hybrids of Agave salmiana var. ferox and Agave asperrima (Agave scabra). Our oldest plants from this cross are now 5' tall x 12' wide, each producing only a scant few pups right at the clump base. Each seedling will be different, but allow plenty of room for these large plants which will have good grey-green coloration and upturned leaf tips. If you're searching for a huge winter hardy agave, this is as good as it gets. We had limited seed production when ours flowered in 2013, so these will only last until our seed runs out.

Agave schidigera 'Shira ito no Ohi' (Queen of White Thread Century Plant) #7921

Zone: 8a to 10b,

Height: 15" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: Mexico

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$20.00   
(aka: Agave filifera 'Compacta Marginata') This amazingly slow-growing century plant has been circulated in the collectors' market for several years, but we are finally able to offer it in our catalog. The 15" tall x 22" wide rosette is composed of dark green leaves, each highlighted by a dramatic creamy-white border, curly white hairs, and converging pointed white bands on the reverse. The solitary (non-offsetting) Agave 'Shiro ito no Ohi' makes a lovely variegated specimen for Zone 8 and south, and a dramatic container specimen in parts north. If anyone knows where this clone originated (probably Japan), we'd love to know. Agave flowers attract hummingbirds.

Agave 'Sharkskin Shoes' (Sharkskin Shoes Hardy Century Plant) #7471

Zone: 7b to 10b,at least

Height: 36" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: Mexico

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$20.00   
We've long had a love affair with this elegant naturally-occurring Mexican hybrid (Agave ferdinandi-regis x Agave scabra). This selection comes to us from the wonderful Ruth Bancroft Garden in California. The rigidly upright, triangular olive-green leaves with a blue cast are thicker than an offensive lineman's neck and have the feel of sharkskin. Agave 'Sharkskin Shoes' forms a stunningly architectural clump, eventually to 3' tall x 4' wide. Agave 'Sharkskin Shoes' is easy to grow but very slow to reach mature size as evidenced by our 6-year-old plants which are only 18" tall x 2' wide. In 2007, we listed this as Agave 'Sharkskin' which we now know is a similar but different clone; hence, the name change. Agave blooms attract hummingbirds.

Agave 'Silver Surfer' (Silver Surfer Hardy Century Plant) #5135

Zone: 7b to 9b,

Height: 60" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: Mexico

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$20.00   
From a 1992 Yucca Do seed collecting expedition (YD 45-83) at 5,200' in Palmillo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, where Agave americana ssp. protamericana intergrades with Agave asperrima, we selected this particularly nice clone. Agave 'Silver Surfer' has since formed a 5' tall x 9' wide clump of stiff, outfacing, silvery-blue leaves. This slow-offsetting agave is a favorite of garden visitors, so we are thrilled to finally be able to list it in our catalog...get them while they last. The 20' flower stalk is amazing, not only for the terminal clusters of bright yellow, hummingbird-attracting flowers, but also for the surfboard-like flower stalk bracts.

Agave sisalana 'Vegas Strip' (Vegas Strip Century Plant) #5724

Zone: 9a to 10b,

Height: 48" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: Hybrid

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$20.00   
This attractive century plant came to us, unidentified, from Stephenie Thomas of Nevada. We since determined it to be a creamy-edged selection of Agave sisalana that we've named Agave 'Vegas Strip'. In the ground where winter temperatures don't freeze, Agave 'Vegas Strip' could reach 4' tall, but in a container our plant remains under 2'. Agave sisalana 'Vegas Strip' is composed of unarmed, thick, blue-green leaves edged with creamy stripes. As a century plant species, Agave sisalana has never been known from the wild and is most likely an old Mexican hybrid.

Agave 'Straight and Narrow' (Straight and Narrow Century Plant) #10476

Zone: 7b to 9b,

Height: 6" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: Hybrid

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$26.00   
Agave 'Straight and Narrow' is a hybrid of Agave bracteosa and Agave striata that we pulled out of a seed batch back in 2005. Since then, it's formed a 6" tall x 18" wide specimen of narrow, scabrous, light green leaves...wider than Agave striata and narrower than Agave bracteosa. In nine years, Agave 'Straight and Narrow' has only produced two offsets. This is a very limited offering.

Agave striata (Narrow Leaf Hardy Century Plant) #1149

Zone: 7b to 10b,

Height: 18" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$18.00   
Agave striata is an easy-to-grow century plant that looks quite different from the wider leaf types with its narrow, rounded, grey-green, knitting needle-like leaves that are stiff and delightfully painful. Ask your friends to weed around this one for some real laughs! The initial rosettes are 18" tall x 3' wide, but after the 8' tall flower stalks of hummingbird-favorite flowers finish in midsummer, the rosette branches and continues to grow, eventually creating a stack of porcupine-like balls. Hailing from the Sierra Madre Orientale mountain range in northeast Mexico, Agave striata has good winter hardiness and has been fine at 0 degrees F in our garden.


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