Saturday, January 11, 2014

My Favorite Plant This Week...

Loree at Danger Garden has been posting about her favorite plant each week - her latest post is here. I've enjoyed the series from the beginning, and this week, I wanted to include my favorite plant this week: Agave ovatifolia "Whale's Tongue Agave":

My plant is about a foot across now
This was one of the first plants I added to the back garden when it was completely overhauled. It has had no issues in the 2+ years since - sailing through our heat, drought and cold winters.

with large teeth!
 This one is fairly blue-ish, although it looks green in different lighting. It's located hear the Optunia, and looks great even when the rest of the garden is ravaged by our cold nights (cold for sunset Zone 11 anyway)
it has broad leaves - broader than I've seen in other pictures of this species
 The barrier around the bottom was put there to deter the neighborhood cats from digging around the plant when I first planted it. It was a lot smaller then.

it's located in full (summer, desert) sun and has never had any issues with it...
Some stats about A. ovatifolia from San Marco's growers:

Origin: Mexico
Height/Width: 3-4 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Winter Hardiness: 0-10 deg F

You can visit Loree's comments and see everyone else's favorite plants this week!


  1. *swoon*...that's a gorgeous agave! It's also one that we have some success with up here in the PNW as well. What a trooper!

    1. Thanks for your comment! This is definitely a hardy agave!

  2. I love it! Easily among my top five agaves. Your specimen is beautiful.

    1. Thank you! This one is definitely one of my favorites too.


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