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Products > Agave ovatifolia 'Beluga'
Agave ovatifolia 'Beluga' - White Whale's Tongue Agave

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (now Asparagaceae)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Green Yellow
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Height: 3-4 feet
Width: 3-4 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 0-10 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Agave ovatifolia 'Beluga' (White Whale's Tongue Agave) - A generally solitary (non-offsetting) rosette forming succulent that grows from 2 to 5 feet tall by 3 to 6 feet wide with a rounded rosette of short wide gray leaves that are distinctively cupped and in this variety streaked with thin pale white indented lines. Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil. A drought tolerant plant but it grows considerably larger when given regular irrigation. The species has proven hardy down to at least 4-5 F and occurs naturally at elevations from 3,700 to 7,000 feet in the Sierra de Lampazos in northern Nuevo Leon in northeastern Mexico. This selection was made at our nursery by production supervisor Arturo Garcia in 2012. A similar plant acquired by a customer was later named 'Narwhal' after the pale-colored porpoise found in Arctic coastal waters with males having a prominent spiral sword-like tusk (actually a tooth!) that can be 8 feet long but we also note that this name has been used for another variegated clone of Agave ovatifolia, one with a pale subdermal yellowish central stripe so we have decided to call this selection 'Beluga' as this whale is in the same family as the Narwhal (the Monodontidae) and is also called the White Whale, which better describes our plant. For more information about the species, see our listing of Agave ovatifolia

This information about Agave ovatifolia 'Beluga' displayed is based on research conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.