Agave montana

Mountain Agave

(3 customer reviews)

From £49.95

The Mountain Agave is a truly stunning architectural arid plant, particularly close to our hearts as we played a part in its introduction to UK cultivation.

Agave montana 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.

Origin: Tamaulipas, North East Mexico
Genus: Agave
Species / Cultivar: Montana
Common Name: Mountain Agave

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 Mountain 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 montana
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.
Maintenance: Low
Minimal skill or input needed beyond the basics, a very independent plant.
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.

Expert Tip

As the Mountain Agave matures the red colouring of the terminal spines becomes more prominent.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Agave montana 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 montana is hardier than most Agaves, in especially cold frosts we do recommend giving them protection.

The Mountain 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.

As an amateur gardener with no experience of growing Arid plants, I was grateful to receive excellent advice over the phone from Toby in advance of our visit. Easy to find a helpful member of staff who gave us clear directions on where to find an Agave Montana.

Caroline Fahey

As an amateur gardener with no experience of growing Arid plants, I was grateful to receive excellent advice over the phone from Toby in advance of our visit. Easy to find a helpful member of staff who gave us clear directions on where to find an Agave Montana.

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3 customer reviews for Agave montana

Lovely looking plant. Now gracing the terrace in a pot of its own.

Mark R.

Fine strong well developed specimen.

Keith B.

As an amateur gardener with no experience of growing Arid plants, I was grateful to receive excellent advice over the phone from Toby in advance of our visit. Very easy to find by bike & plentiful parking outside the main entrance; wide aisles inside the palm house; easy to find a helpful member of staff who gave us clear directions on where to find an Agave Montana. cactus compost was available for sale by the checkout. A very straightforward plant shopping experience in awe inspiring surroundings.

Caroline Fahey