Agave gentryi 'Jaws'

In the late 1990's when John Fairey and I were making regular treks into Mexico, I spotted this heavily armed selection in a huge colony of Agave gentryi. It made a treacherous groundcover under the old Pinus that colonized the northern slopes at high elevation in the interior mountains of the Sierra Madre Oriental. This selection was made because of the size and arrangement of the teeth which with time, as the leaves fold and die, resemble the death grip of a shark. Jaws gets its name from this habit. We have offered this plant before but never have had enough until now. Jaws is shy to offset so we put it into tissue culture and now we have plenty.
8a to 10
4 feet x 6 feet

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Notes and observations about this plant

needs good drainage
I suspect it needs good drainage in winter. I planted one in the fall in central Texas, it did not make it (Posted on 1/13/2013 by Ludvik Donner).
No problems with snow loads
I'm growing this Agave in 3/4 sun @ 2000' elevation in N.Cal... It's taken 15 degrees with repeated snow loads with no problems.
(Posted on 9/17/2011 by Jeff).
Did not like wet cold
This agave is not for marginal zones on the east coast. Our wet winter killed my with a low of only 15 degrees. (Posted on 3/2/2011 by chad callahan).

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