Agave montana Villarreal
This species is native to northeastern Mexico. It grows at altitudes of up to 9,000 feet (2,750 m).
Agave montana is a succulent plant that forms a solitary artichoke-like rosette of sword-shaped, apple green to grayish-green, densely packed leaves armed with hooked teeth along the margins and a long terminal spine, all reddish-brown. The rosette grows up to 4 feet (1.2 m) tall and up to 5 feet (1.5 m) in diameter. Leaves are stiff, fleshy, broad, and beautifully adorned with ornamental white bud imprints. The mature rosette produces club-shaped, up to 14 feet (4.3 m) tall inflorescence with short lateral branches and tightly clustered yellow flowers.
USDA hardiness zones 8a to 10b: from 10 °F (−12.2 °C) to 40 °F (+4.4 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Agave is not a difficult plant to grow. They're slow-growing and dramatic and will even thrive on a bit of neglect. If you're the type of person who likes to fuss with houseplants and water a lot, Agave is probably not the plant for you. On the other hand, if you're the type of person who likes to set it and forget it, and you have a sunny window, Agave might be the way to go. Be aware that some large varieties will eventually outgrow your room (unless you have a large greenhouse), and Agave can be aggressive. They have irritating sap and sometimes very sharp thorns that can cause injuries to small children and even pets.
In general, Agaves do not need to be repotted every year. Most species commonly found in cultivation grow very slowly and take a long time to outgrow their pot. It's also best to handle your Agave as little as possible since they do not like to be disturbed. When you repot, refresh the spent soil with a new potting mix and ensure the plant is firmly anchored in its pot.
See more at How to Grow and Care for Agave.
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