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Agave ovatifolia

Agave ovatifolia
Spring seedling, in October
whale's tongue agave
Patch of last year's seedlings in holding area, June
Agave ovatifolia
Third-year plant showing off the malevolent side and terminal spines on its broad leaves

Common name whale's tongue agave
Family agavaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z8-10)
Size 3'
Light sun
Cultural notes well-drained soil; drought-tolerant
From seed germinate at room temperature with exposure to light

Forms a symmetrical rosette, wider than it is tall, of fleshy smooth silver-blue leaves with toothed margins and terminal spines. Takes at least 4 years to reach close to its mature size, and much longer than that to bloom, carrying chartreuse flowers on a tall stalk. Part of project Agave 2018; among the species I grew from seed, this one has grown fastest.

In our garden, this plant grows in the following areas: Houston rock garden, left fence border, rock garden zone

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