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Agave gentryi - Hardy Agave
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (Agaves)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Height: 4-5 feet
Width: 4-6 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 0-10 F
Agave gentryi (Hardy Agave) - A medium sized green Agave gentryi that forms solitary rosettes to 4 to 5 feet tall by 5 to 6 feet wide with thick and wide light green leaves armed with large teeth along the leaf margin and a long terminal spine. The leaves have strong bud imprints and fold upright on both margins. Plant in shade, especially in hotter climates, although tolerates coastal California full sun. This is one of the most cold tolerant of the large agave, tolerating temperatures down to 5 F. Water occasionally to regularly. Agave gentryi was first described by Howard Scott Gentry in Agaves of Continental North America. He described this plant as Agave macroculmis and noted that the leaves grew to 45-85 cm (18-33 inches) long by 17-26 cm (7 -10 inches) wide. In Joachim Thiede's more recent treatment of Agave in Illustrated Handbook of Succulent Plants: Monocotyledons he cites Bernd Ullrich, who had renamed and described this plant as Agave gentryi after noting the name A. macroculmis should be rejected because it was a synonym for Agave atrovirens. Thiede describes the leaf size as 60-100 cm (24 39 inches) long x 17-26 cm (7 -10 inches) wide. This crop from seed received in March 2012 from Brian Kemble off of a plant that flowered at the Ruth Bancroft Garden in 2010.  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Agave gentryi.
 
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