• Agave montana
  • Agave montana
  • Agave montana

Agave montana

Mountain Agave, Mountain Century Plant
Size: ex 3L pot

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£19.99
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Quick Overview

  • Handsome symmetrical rosette
  • Stout architectural presence
  • Hardy to winter cold
  • Tolerant of winter wet
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Description

Agave montana, the Mountain Agave, is found at elevations to 3000m in the northeastern states of Tamaulipas, Nuevo León and Querétaro in Mexico, where it grows on the highest slopes amongst mixed open forest predominantly of Quercus miquihuanensis, Pinus hartwegii and junipers together with Arbutus xalapensis and some Buddleja cordata. At these elevations, there is often cool moist cloud and temperatures are cool-to-warm in the summer - with summer being the wettest season. In the winter, frost and snow are not uncommon. It is one of the coldest climates in Mexico and has a comparatively high rainfall. Agave montana is thus more suited to the vagaries of the British climate than most Agaves.

Agave montana is a particularly handsome Agave with a very symmetrical rosette of dark green leaves usually covered with a pale frosting of whitish bloom and carrying on their lower surfaces the distinct impressions of the thorny leaf margins of the previous outer leafbud. These thorns and the strong terminal thorn are a contrasting reddish brown.

Although Agave montana is more capable of tolerating that bane of xeric gardening - winter wet - than most Agaves, nontheless, its tolerances should not be taken for granted and all usual guidelines and precautions when growing Agaves outdoors in the UK should be followed. Long extended periods of sub-zero temperatures or freezing fog are more challenging than anything it experiences in Mexico and there is no glory in pitting yourself against Nature and failing. I am a strong believer in additional winter protection for plants if it means I get to enjoy their continuing company through to the following Spring. Good drainage and common sense are essential ! Sometimes - particularly in cold inland parts of the country - that will mean additional protection with fleece.

Larger 3L size.

Additional Information

Order Asparagales
Family Asparagaceae
Sub-Family Agavoideae
Synonyms No
Geographical Origin Northeastern Mexico at high altitude in the states of Tamaulipas, Nuevo León and Querétaro
Cultivation Well-drained warm sunny spot. Good drainage in a gravel-mix substrate
Eventual Height 1.3m
Eventual Spread 1.5m
Hardiness Hardy in much of the British Isles and better able to cope with the wet than most Agaves

Agave montana

Mountain Agave, Mountain Century Plant
Size: ex 3L pot

Availability: In stock

£19.99
  • Buy 2 for £18.99 each and save 6%
You could receive 10 Palm Points for writing a review and/or rating this product.

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