• Agave harvardiana
  • Agave harvardiana

Agave havardiana

Havard's Agave, Havard's Century Plant, Chisos Agave, Big Bend Agave, Big Bend Century Plant, Davis Mountains Agave, Maguey de Havard
Size: ex 9cm pots

Availability: In stock

£13.99

Quick Overview

  • Hardy Agave 
  • Medium to large architectural form
  • Full sun
  • Perfect drainage

Description

Agave havardiana is another wonderful cold-hardy Agave that with care and the correct cultivation will survive in UK gardens through the cold wet rigours of a British winter. The key - as with all the cold-hardy succulents - is to ensure they have perfect drainage with little soil so that rainwater quickly passes past their roots and doesn't stand.

Agave havardiana is native to the Trans-Pecos area in southwestern Texas where it is found in the Chisos Mountains and north in the Davis Mountains and further north into the Guadalupe Mountains in Hudsbeth and Culberson Counties and on into New Mexico. South, across the Rio Grande in Mexico, it is found in both Chihuahua and Coahuila States. It grows at higher elevations to about 2000 m on rocky gravelly grassland slopes, often in association with Dasylirion leiophyllum and Nasella tenuissima but as well as more open areas it can be found amongst desert scrub and higher into pinyon-juniper forest and oak woodland with surrounding vegetation of Texas madrone (Arbutus xalapensis), pine, juniper, walnut and oak. The predominant soils throughout the Chihuahuan Desert are an alkaline calcerous mix of gravel, sand and rock with very little moisture retention and on the slopes - where there is more actual soil - the drainage is increased by the gradient.

Agave havardiana is a medium to large sized, strikingly dramatic Agave with a bold architectural form. It has grey-green leaves that with age become increasingly silvery-grey giving it an almost luminous presence which contrasts strongly with the dark brown-black terminal spine. Its leaves are broader and more chalky in colour to Agave parryi var. parryi which it superficially resembles and it is an altogther larger and more imposing plant. It is also faster growing than Agave parryi - and unlike Agave parryi - it usually forms a solitary rosette although on occasion it does produce offsets.

In the wild Agave havardiana will sometimes hybridise with the other predominant Trans-Pecos Agave, the Shindagger, Agave lechuguilla to form Agave × glomeruliflora.

Along with Agave lechugilla and Agave parryi var. neomexicana, Agave havardiana was traditionally an important resource for the Mescaleros Apache who broke down its toxic steroid saponins in earth ovens and used the resultant molasses-flavoured sugars both as a food source and as a fermented base for the alcoholic drink, Mezcal.

We have a limited quantity of this fast-growing rarely-offered Agave. Larger plants in 3 Litre pots available here

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Update Review by Jazza13
The two agaves are still alive. I gave 1 to my son and it’s done wonderfully. Mine struggled even though potted in the same mix. I emailed tropical Britain for advice and they rang me back almost immediately. I couldn’t believe it I’m used to being ignored by service providers! Tropical Britain suggested Epsom salts. It worked. Thank you for your fantastic customer service (Posted on 09/11/2020)
Stunning colour Review by Matthew
Beautiful plant received in excellent condition and was a lot bigger than I expected, too.

The colour is a stunning blue-grey and goes so well in combination with palms and yuccas. (Posted on 17/06/2020)
Excellent plants Review by Jazza13
The agaves I received were excellent and well packed. Unfortunately it has rained ever since. I planted the agaves in pots with very very very good drainage so (Posted on 13/03/2019)
Excellent plant Review by Russell
Very striking plant, arrived very quickly and well packaged, added to my collection. (Posted on 19/08/2018)

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Agave havardiana

Havard's Agave, Havard's Century Plant, Chisos Agave, Big Bend Agave, Big Bend Century Plant, Davis Mountains Agave, Maguey de Havard
Size: ex 9cm pots

Availability: In stock

£13.99

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