Whale’s Tongue agave, oval-leaved agave
A unique and beautiful agave originating in the badlands of Mexico and south-western states of America.
Agave ovatifolia has broadly oval shaped leaves in a distinctive powder blue in colour, edged in dark thorns. These gorgeous leaves often show the imprint of the preceding leaf on its surface.
Only recently described, it has become rather popular because of its unusual shape and colouring. The name ‘ovatifolia’ comes from the Latin for ‘egg’ (ovum) and ‘leaf’ (folium) referring to the shape of the leaf.
In the wild it grows on the tops of mountains, which is where its cold-hardiness originates.
Care & Size Guidance
Agave ovatifolia can be grown outside year-round in the milder parts of the UK, planted in full sun and free-draining soil. Otherwise, it is possible to grow this Agave in a pot and move it to a greenhouse, conservatory or other sheltered well-lit spot during the colder winter months.
Bright light is essential to maintain both the colour and shape of the plant, so a hot, dry conservatory, or a very sunny, sheltered south facing corner of the arid garden would suit it best.
Slow growing in habitat, it can be sped up by being well watered in hot and dry weather, though if planted outdoors it must be kept absolutely dry over the winter to maximise its cold hardiness.