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PlantFiles: Agave
Agave montana

Family: Agavaceae (ah-gav-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Agave (a-GAH-vee) (Info)
Species: montana (MON-tah-nuh) (Info)

8 members have or want this plant for trade.

Alpines and Rock Gardens
Cactus and Succulents

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Unknown - Tell us

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium
From bulbils

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive peejay12 On Nov 7, 2011, peejay12 from Porthleven, Helston, Cornwall
United Kingdom (Zone 9b) wrote:

It seems that this Agave is the plant British gardeners have been waiting for! As palmbob said it does not live in hot or sunny situations, but survives cold temperatures -- ideal for the UK. Living in forests, you would think the canopy of trees would mean they would be susceptible to rain, but my three plants have had no leaf damage at all , not one spot.

To me, it looks rather like Agave ferox (which is the only other species I've had success with) and has very thick leaves with huge spines.

My plants are still in pots and were left outside unprotected during the worst winter for 25 years (-7C). There were long periods of frost and rain, but these plants were undamaged.
Not one root was damaged, which is incredible as the roots are especially prone to damage and rot.

The only negative point is that they do not produce daughter plants, i.e. clumps of plants. I'll just plant all three together.

Positive ffeeddee On Jun 1, 2007, ffeeddee wrote:

I have some plants in pots growed by seed some year ago, they doesn't suffer from hot and wet summer (40 C -104 F) and full sun, I live in Ravenna, Italy, 8b

Neutral palmbob On Apr 12, 2005, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a relatively newly described genus discovered in Northern Mexico only in the mid 1990s. It is a high altitude plant and is found as an understory plant (full sun is NOT it's natural setting). The weather in its native habitat can be very cold (way below freezing at times) and wet. Not sure if this plant can tolerate hot, dry summers like most other Agaves, or how drought tolerant it is... maybe someone else knows? I don't have one or have an personal experience with one (yet). Dark green flattish leaves with moderately large marginal teeth and terminal spine. Supposed to be an incredibly beautiful plant. Solitary (doesn't offset)


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

Phoenix, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Oakland, California
Eugene, Oregon
Seattle, Washington

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