Agave ovatifolia

Whale's Tongue Agave! Lynn Lowery first collected this plant in the late eighties in the Sierra de Lampazos Mountains of Northeastern Mexico. It quickly became a favorite. Since it rarely offsets it is seldom offered but always in high demand. This agave which produces super wide leaves that are of an excellent silver-gray color has proven hardy from Houston to Dallas and beyond. An excellent cold hardy Agave that is tolerant of humid condition.
Northeastern Mexico
7 to 9a
4 feet x 6 feet

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Notes and observations about this plant

This Agave is awesome
Got my Ovatifolia back in 2010 from Yucca Do and I tell you this Agave is awesome. I'm in Va Beach, Va and it has made it thru two winters with temps in the low 20s and a cannot tell you how much rain. Thought for sure all the rain would do it in, but is has just kept on going. The only thing I did was make sure I had well draining soil and put plastic around it out to 3ft. Love this guy. (Posted on 5/3/2016 by Pure Agave).
Having a hard time in Zone 6
I didn't have as much luck with mine. We are in a zone 6, Yakima, WA and they were looking really good last Spring and Summer, but are looking very rough right now. We also never dropped below 10 degrees this Winter and had very little snow. I usually cover new Agave with clear plastic the first year or two and I did not do it on these, which was obviously a mistake. I will try again this year. (Posted on 3/21/2013 by Mitchell D).
Home gardener
My A. ovatifolia came through our worst winter in at least twenty years nearly unscathed. I don't think I had anything below 10°, but it was a very wet winter. We had lots of rain and four snow/sleet events. It was totally unprotected all winter and, other than good drainage, receives no special care. This is one tough agave! (Posted on 4/3/2010 by Bob Snyder).

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