PlantFiles is getting a new look! Just in time for spring, we're rolling out a new look for the best online plants database. It will also work with your smart phones and mobile devices, so now you can take it with you on garden center visits or botanical garden tours. Questions or comments? Please post them here.

Jaws Hardy Century Plant
Agave gentryi 'Jaws'

Family: Agavaceae (ah-gav-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Agave (a-GAH-vee) (Info)
Species: gentryi (JEN-tree-eye) (Info)
Cultivar: Jaws


Alpines and Rock Gardens

Cactus and Succulents


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Bloom Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Unknown - Tell us


Grown for foliage



Other details:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

This plant is monocarpic

Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

San Marino, California

Atlanta, Georgia

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Winston Salem, North Carolina

Dallas, Texas

Seattle, Washington

show all

Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 11, 2014, Succubus14 from Atlanta, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Left outside on a west facing 5th floor balcony for ~ 12 hours during the January 2014 "polar vortex" (lows in the upper teens w/ some wind). Normally handles mid 20's no problem, but this was too much. Got nervous and brought it inside in the morning, was frozen solid, attempted a hair dryer emergency thaw. Immediate discoloration, and w/in a few days all the outer leaves started to rot. Cut those away and the inner shoots appear to be unscathed. We'll see how it goes...also FYI, I think we'd had some rain a few days before so that probably didn't help.


On Jan 6, 2011, donnacreation from Sumter, SC (Zone 8a) wrote:

I bought this agave last summer for an outdoor container plant, but I don't think it's cold hardy in my rural zone 8a backyard. Dec 2010 was brutal here, with many lows in the teens - lowest temp 13f! My plant is already burnt and damaged, even after moving it under a loquat tree for frost protection. More teens are in the upcoming forecast, so I'm bringing it indoors until mild weather returns.


On Jan 21, 2006, Suze_ from (Zone 7b) wrote:

This stunning Yucca Do selection, from 8,000' in the Nuevo Leon Province of Northern Mexico, is one of the most sought-after Agave selections. The rarely offsetting glossy dark green 4' wide rosette is composed of long leaves with exceptionally deep sinuses between the short red teeth, making the resemblance to a shark mouth quite obvious.