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Agave montana - Mountain Agave
   
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (now Asparagaceae)
Evergreen: Yes
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Height: 3-4 feet
Width: 4-5 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 10-15° F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Agave montana (Mountain Agave) - This slow to moderate growing medium sized agave that forms solitary artichoke-like rosettes to 4 feet tall by 5 feet wide with short broad upright apple green leaves with margins, terminal spine and large teeth that are all reddish. Also showy are the attractive saw-tooth pattern bud imprints on the flat surfaces of the next emerging leaf. This plant is native to northeastern Mexico at altitudes up to 9,000 feet so it is quite cold hardy and also tolerant of drought and poor impoverished soils. Plant in full sun to light shade. Little irrigation required. Hardy to 10 degrees F.(Zone 7). This plant was from seed reportedly collected north of La Peņa in Tamaulipas Mexico. Agave 'Baccarat' another plant we originally grew as a form of Agave montana, is now thought to be a hybrid between this species and the closely related Agave gentryi. 

Information about Agave montana displayed on this page is based on our research about it conducted in our library and gathered from reliable online sources. We include observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery gardens and in other gardens that we have visited, as well as how the crops have performed in containers in our own nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others about this plant when we feel it adds information and particularly welcome hearing from anyone who has any additional cultural recommendations that would aid others in growing it.

 
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