Agave, Hardy Century Plant, Maguey 'Jaws'

Agave gentryi

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

Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


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:

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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

This plant is monocarpic

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

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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.