Agave gentryi ‘Jaws’

Gentryi's Agave, Gentryi's Century Plant.


The Gentryi Agave is a truly stunning architectural arid plant.

Agave gentryi ‘Jaws’ is an evergreen perennial succulent that forms a rosette of deep green leaves marked with a white patina and edged with pale thorns that lead to red spines at the tip.


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Origin: Tamaulipas, North East Mexico
Genus: Agave
Species / Cultivar: gentryi var. 'Jaws'
Common Name: Gentryi's Agave, Gentryi's Century Plant.

Plant Biography

Native to Mexico where it grows high in the mountainous regions, exposed to cooler and moister air that most agaves can withstand.

This native habitat makes the Gentryi Agave one of the most suitable agaves for the UK climate, being known to survive British winters without any protection.

Older leaves form distinctive tooth-mark like imprints on the adjacent younger leaves, creating one of the attractive hallmarks of this species.

Agave gentryi 'Jaws'
Soil: Well drained
Soil that does not show much signs of moisture, either visibly or when handled.
Growth Rate: Slow
This plant is particularly slow to grow, even during growing season.
Water Requirement: Low
Will grow in a drier position and is unlikely to need regular watering once established.
Situation: Full Sun
Wants direct, unfiltered sunlight most of the day, such as a south facing position.
Eventual Height: 1m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 1m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Fully Hardy
Will survive unprotected outdoors in most areas of the UK, even in the harshest winters.
Habit: Evergreen
Always in leaf throughout the year. It won't lose all its leaves at any one time.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Agave gentryi ‘Jaws’ likes a position in full sun with good drainage, and we recommend adding gravel and mulch around the base when planted in the ground. When happy, they’re one of the fastest growing agaves in the UK climate.

Whilst Agave gentryi ‘Jaws’ is hardier than most Agaves, in especially cold frosts we do recommend giving them protection.

The Gentryi Agave has not been in cultivation in the UK for long enough to assess how well it flowers, but in the wild it produces large panicles of small clustered yellow flowers.

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