Whale's Tongue Century Plant
A true dream of a plant, this once-in-a-lifetime find was originally discovered and introduced to horticulture by renowned Texas plantsman Lynn Lowery from Nuevo Leon, northeastern Mexico, where it grows in a small, rugged mountain area between an astonishing 1100 and 2100 m (3700 and 7000 ft.). Nurseryman and Agave expert Greg Starr and José Villarreal have recently described it formally. Agave ovatifolia will grow into a rather large, solitary plant with broad, lightly keeled, almost unreal, powdery grayish white leaves in a dense rosette that can reach to 2 m (7 ft.) across. In cultivation it is well adapted to temperate climates. Best of all is that not only it can take drought and very severe freezes without damage, it will also hold up well in cold and damp winters if excellent drainage is provided, outperforming most other Agave in this respect. For any Agave afficionado, this is a must-grow plant!