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Agave (Winter Hardy Century Plants)

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All Century Plants offered on this page are native of southwestern USA and northern Mexico and reputedly winter hardy in Central Europe. However please note that we cannot give any warranty that these will indeed prove winter hardy in your local climate ! The cultivation of century plants outside in temperate climates is still in a more or less experimental phase, thus, if you would like to be on the safe side, grow these in pots and move pots outside in summer. All species have ornamental, succulent leaves in a cup-shaped basal rosette and an upright inflorescence on mature specimens. All winter hardy species can be successfully grown in any very well-drained, preferably rocky soil with protection from winter rains, which is essential for a successful overwintering plants outside in the garden, as winter wetness will inevitably lead to rotting in most species. Keep plants completely dry from end of September and cover with a protective glass frame. All species will die after flowering and either reproduce by offsets or (in few cases only) by seeds. Most plants are slow growing, yet very robust and long lived. Alternatively, plants can be grown in pots under frostfree conditions throughout the year. In winter keep pots in full sun completely dry at some 5°C to 10°C.
Sow seeds flat in pots at some 20°C to 30°C throughout the year in any rich, very well drained soil. Cultivate seedslings in pots under frostfree conditions for at least 2 years. After that carefully transplant young plants to the garden at the end of spring. Excellent in a protected spot in the rock garden.
All are USDA Climate Zone 8, unless otherwise specified.
20 seeds per package.
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Agave bracteosa

Agave bracteosa

50 (80)cm ø, an Agave species with grayish green leaves. Native of the Chihuahuan Desert in Northern Mexico (Coahuila, Nuevo León). Unlike other Agave this one has soft leaf tips. For any rich, very well drained soil in full sun. In winter give some protection from moisture. USDA Climate Zone 8. VII-IX.
20 seeds per package.

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seed package1223 € 4,99
Agave chrysantha (Goldenflower Century Plant)

Agave chrysantha (Goldenflower Century Plant)

100 (150)cm ø, Goldenflower Century Plant has a very limited range and is only found in the mountains of central Arizona at elevations up to some 2.150 meters. it grows in open, rocky slopes in high desert scrub and makes a solitary rosette with glaucous gray to yellowish green leaves and brown to gray teeth at margins.
20 seeds per package.

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seed package 1224 € 4,99
Agave cupreata

Agave cupreata

70 (100)cm ø, makes a showy rosette of broad, grayish-green with very large marginal teeth. Native of high altitudes in Mexico (Guerrero and Michoacýn). For any rich, very well drained soil in full sun. In winter give some protection from moisture. USDA Climate Zone 9. VII-IX.
20 seeds per package.

price (plus Shipping Costs)
seed package7194 € 3,99*
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Agave deserti var. deserti

Agave deserti var. deserti

60 (90)cm ø, makes broadly lanceolate, light green to light glaucous-gray leaves and stoutly armed margins. Native from Southern Arizona and Southern California to Sonora and Baja California (Mexico), growing at elevations up to 1.500 m. For any rich, very well drained soil in full sun. In winter give some protection from moisture. USDA Climate Zone 8/9. VII-IX.
20 seeds per package.

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seed package1225 € 4,99
Agave deserti var. simplex

Agave deserti var. simplex

30 (50)cm ø, a showy variety with short, stiff bluish leaves with serrated margins and a terminal black thorn arranged in a dense rosette. Native from Southern California to Arizona and the North-Western parts of Sonora (Mexico). For any rich, very well drained soil in full sun. In winter give some protection from moisture. USDA Climate Zone 8. VII-IX.
20 seeds per package.

price (plus Shipping Costs)
seed package7192 € 4,99
Agave flexispina

Agave flexispina

60 (90)cm ø, makes a showy rosette of broad lanceolate, glaucous-gray leaves with stoutly armed margins. Native of high altitudes in Mexico (Chihuahua, Durango, and Zacarecas). For any rich, very well drained soil in full sun. In winter give some protection from moisture. USDA Climate Zone 8/9. VII-IX.
20 seeds per package.

price (plus Shipping Costs)
seed package7193 € 4,99
Agave gentryi (Maguey)

Agave gentryi (Maguey)

110 (180)cm ø, Maguey is a still rarely cultivated species which is similar to Agave montana and shares the habitat with the latter in northeastern Mexico where it occurs in mountain forests receiving moisture throughout the year. It makes showy, very large, solitary rosettes of dark green, strongly toothed leaves in a more open arrangement and an impressively tall inflorescence reaching up to 3m in height.
20 seeds per package.

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seed package 4227 € 4,99
Agave harvardiana (Harvard Agave)

Agave harvardiana (Harvard Agave)

30 (50)cm ø, Harvard Agave is a medium sized, very resistent species with utmost showy bluish green leaves in an usually solitary rosette with black marginal teeth. It is naive of open shrublands and grasslands in western Texas (USA).
20 seeds per package.

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seed package 4226 € 4,99
Agave inaequidens ssp. inaequidens

Agave inaequidens ssp. inaequidens

150 (300)cm ø, makes a very large, showy solitary rosette of broad, mid green leaves with strong blackish marginal teeth. It is native of dryish shrublands in central Mexico. This very large species is not as winter hardy as others. Thus give some extra insultating protection in winter (e. g. transparent plastic air foil) or grow frostfree in pots at a winter minimum of some 5°C and plants kept absolutely dry. USDA climate zone 8/9.
20 seeds per package.

price (plus Shipping Costs)
seed package 4225 € 4,99
Agave lechuguilla (Shindagger Century Plant)

Agave lechuguilla (Shindagger Century Plant)

30cm ø, Shindagger Century Plant is a smaller species native of the Chihuahuan desert (Trans-Pecos Texas, souhtern New Mexico, and northern Mexico South to Hidalgo). It makes glaucous blue leaves with nicely contrasting black teeth.
20 seeds per package.

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seed package 1241 € 4,99
Agave mckelveyana

Agave mckelveyana

40cm ø, rare Arizona endemic (Mojave and Yavapai), occurring on open rocky slopes in upper desert scrub. Varying leaf color: glaucous green to yellowish green or dark green and small teeth. USDA Climate Zone 9.
20 seeds per package.

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seed package 1243 € 5,99
Agave montana (Mountain Agave)

Agave montana (Mountain Agave)

130 (200)cm ø, Mountain Agave is called the queen of winter hardy century plants and was only discovered some 10 years ago and is still a rarity in cultivation. It makes showy, very large, solitary rosettes of dark green, strongly toothed leaves and an impressively tall inflorescence reaching up to 4m in height. In comparison to the related Agave gentryi it has much broader leaves in a very dense rosette. It is native of northeastern Mexico where it occurs in mountain forests receiving moisture throughout the year.
20 seeds per package.

price (plus Shipping Costs)
seed package 4224 € 4,99*
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Agave neomexicana (New Mexico Agave)

Agave neomexicana (New Mexico Agave)

30 (60)cm ø, New Mexico Agave grows from Sacramento Mountains, in southern New-Mexico, to El Paso and Culberson Counties in Texas, as well as in Coahuila, Mexico, where it occurs in rocky limestone slopes or open grasslands. Has showy gray to light green leaves.
20 seeds per package.

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seed package 1244 € 4,99
Agave palmeri (Palmer's Agave)

Agave palmeri (Palmer's Agave)

60 (100)cm ø, Palmer's Agave is native of the Sonora Semi desert, where it grows on rocky hillsides and open spots in grasslands and oak woodlands from south-eastern Arizona, to south-western New Mexico, and NW Chihuahua in Mexico. It forms bluish green leaves with spines on the margins.
20 seeds per package.

price (plus Shipping Costs)
seed package 3678 € 4,99*
* This price is valid if a single item is ordered only. The shop will automatically assign discounts on bulk purchases. If several packages are ordered from this species, they will be merged into a single package. Please refer to our General Terms of Business.
Agave parrasana (Noah Century Plant)

Agave parrasana (Noah Century Plant)

40 (80)cm ø, Noah Century Plant from Coahuila (Sierras west of Saltillo) makes an ornamental, small compact rosette of very broad, silvery thorned grayish green leaves. USDA Climate Zone 9.
20 seeds per package.

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seed package 3677 € 4,99
Agave parryi ssp. parryi (Parry's Agave or Mescal)

Agave parryi ssp. parryi (Parry's Agave or Mescal)

50 (100)cm ø, Parry's Agave has an extensive range from central Arizona and south-western New Mexico, South to Sonora, Chihuahua and Guanajuato in Mexico. It makes large, light green, grayish green to silvery rosettes and offsets freely.
20 seeds per package.

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seed package 1245 € 4,99
Agave salmiana ssp. salmiana

Agave salmiana ssp. salmiana

100 (250)cm ø, native of Guanajuato, Oaxaca, and Puebla (Mexico). Makes a broad and tall rosette of dark green, shiny leaves with strong marginal spines. USDA Climate Zone 10.
20 seeds per package.

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seed package 3676 € 3,99
Agave salmiana var. ferox (syn. Agave ferox)

Agave salmiana var. ferox (syn. Agave ferox)

250cm ø, a giant agave with 30cm broad, recurved, blackish green leaves and contrasting large brown-black teeth. Very decorative as a solitary plant in a large container. USDA Climate Zone 11.
20 seeds per package.

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seed package 1236 € 5,99
Agave scabra (Rough Agave or Maguey Cenizo)

Agave scabra (Rough Agave or Maguey Cenizo)

40cm ø, Rough Agave or Maguey Cenizo naturally occurs in Mexico (Coahuila, Nazas, Durango, Zavatecas, San Martín, and San Luis Potosí) as well as S Texas. Even young plants make narrow, rough silvery grayish green leaves. USDA Climate Zone 9.
20 seeds per package.

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seed package 1246 € 2,99
Agave schottii var. schottii (Schott's Century Plant)

Agave schottii var. schottii (Schott's Century Plant)

25 (40)cm ø, Schott's Century Plant is native of rocky slopes and open, sunny spots in Southern Arizona, Southwestern New Mexico, USA and Nothern Mexico. It has narrow, dark green leaves, with smooth margins covered with thread-like fibers and a terminal spine. USDA Climate Zone 10.
20 seeds per package.

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seed package8913 € 5,99
Agave striata ssp. falcata (Espadín Agave)

Agave striata ssp. falcata (Espadín Agave)

30 (80)cm ø, Espadín Agave makes broader leaves than the species in an almost perfectly round, bowl like rosette, growing in dense clusters with age. Native of Mexico (Chihuahua, Coahuila, and Nuevo León).
20 seeds per package.

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seed package 3671 € 4,99
Agave striata ssp. striata (Narrow-leaf Agave or Espadillo)

Agave striata ssp. striata (Narrow-leaf Agave or Espadillo)

30 (70)cm ø, Narrow-leaf Agave or Espadillo makes narrow leaves in an elegant, almost perfectly round, bowl like rosette, growing in dense clusters with age. Native of northern and eastern Mexico (Coahuila, Nuevo León, and Tamaulipas, South to Hidalgo). It is amongst the most decorative medium sized species.
20 seeds per package.

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seed package 1247 € 4,99
Agave stricta (Hedgehog Agave)

Agave stricta (Hedgehog Agave)

30 (40)cm ø, Hedgehog Agave is an ornamental species which is similar to Agave striata, yet it has a more southern distributional range in Mexico. it makes plenty of narrow leaves with black teeth and grows in dense clusters. For any rich, well drained soil in a sunny spot throughout the year. In winter keep cool and dry at a minimum of some 5°C.
20 seeds per package.

price (plus Shipping Costs)
seed package 1248 € 4,99
Agave toumeyana var. bella (Fairy Ring Agave)

Agave toumeyana var. bella (Fairy Ring Agave)

25 (40)cm ø, Fairy Ring Agave in its variety bella from Arizona, USA makes narrow, dark green leaves, with brown, smooth margins which are almost entirely covered with thread-like fibers and a terminal blackish brown spine. A most striking species! USDA Climate Zone 10.
20 seeds per package.

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seed package8912 € 7,99
Agave toumeyana var. toumeyana

Agave toumeyana var. toumeyana

30 (50)cm ø, naturally occurs on rocky slopes and open, sunny spots in pine and juniper woodlands of Arizona. Makes narrow, dark green leaves, with brown, smooth margins with white, thread-like fibers and a terminal blackish brown spine. USDA Climate Zone 10.
20 seeds per package.

price (plus Shipping Costs)
seed package 3811 € 4,99