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PlantFiles: Whale's Tongue Agave
Agave ovatifolia

Family: Agavaceae (ah-gav-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Agave (a-GAH-vee) (Info)
Species: ovatifolia (oh-vay-tih-FOH-lee-a) (Info)

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Cactus and Succulents

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 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)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

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

Bloom Color:
Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)

Bloom Time:
Unknown - Tell us


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is monocarpic
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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4 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive marasri On Oct 2, 2014, marasri from Dripping Springs, TX wrote:

I have 5 foot plants planted in Part shade on a limestone hill that have been unwatered since the first year except during the big drought. I think I gave it one drink during that time. It has withstood all our freezes, even the cold and wet freezes without a hint of athracnose, or however you spell it. Today I am planting 6 more to get a drift of them in my cedars. I will be experimenting with one in light shade under some thirsty mountain ash junipers. Composition demands it there or so my husband says.

Positive billyvanbakker On Dec 23, 2013, billyvanbakker from Yonkers, NY wrote:

Grows beautiful in my zone 6b-7 New York garden. Planted in pure gravel. 4 in ground 2 in pots.

Positive o_lucky_1 On Aug 17, 2012, o_lucky_1 from Morristown, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

I've had this agave growing outside for years. It is a beautiful plant. It is hardy here in my 6b, recently changed to 7a zone. It is now over 2' x 2'. I don't know if it's necessary but every October I cover my agaves with a clear plastic shower curtain to keep them dry all winter and uncover them usually in March.

Positive Xenomorf On Nov 22, 2004, Xenomorf from Valley of the Sun, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

Great looking plant. Newly named agave as of Nov 2002.
It was known as Agave noah (unofficially) a hundred years ago.


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

Chino Valley, Arizona
Green Valley, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Acton, California
Bostonia, California
Spring Valley, California
Miami, Florida
Trout, Louisiana
Pahrump, Nevada
Las Cruces, New Mexico
Roswell, New Mexico
Yonkers, New York
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Emerald Isle, North Carolina
Prosperity, South Carolina
Morristown, Tennessee
Copperas Cove, Texas
Dripping Springs, Texas
Seattle, Washington

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