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Cactus Succulent

Agave montana

mountain agave

A. montana is a rosette-forming, evergreen, perennial succulent to about 1.5m. The leaves are light greyish-green, edged and tipped with reddish spines. Plant have not been in cultivation long enough to assess flowering, but in the wild it produces huge, club-shaped inflorescences made up of tightly clustered yellow flowers on short branches supported by a scaly, 5m high trunk

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Size
Ultimate height
1–1.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
10–20 years
Ultimate spread
1–1.5 metres
Growing conditions
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green Grey Silver
Summer Green Grey Silver
Autumn Green Grey Silver
Winter Green Grey Silver
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

West–facing or South–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Drought resistance
Yes
Hardiness
H4
Botanical details
Family
Asparagaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Agave can be perennial or monocarpic succulents, forming rosettes of usually rigid, fleshy, spiny-edged leaves, with funnel-shaped flowers in racemes or panicles often much taller than the rosettes

Name status

Correct

Plant range
Mexico

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow under glass in cactus compost in full light. Water freely in summer, giving a low-nitrogen feed three or four times. Water less in autumn and keep dry in winter. Hardier than most agaves, and may survive outdoors in a warm position in very well-drained, slightly acid soil in full sun

Propagation

Propagate by seed. Dies after flowering and does not produce offsets

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Gravel garden
  • Patio and container plants
  • Architectural
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Sub-tropical
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Prone to scale insect

Diseases

Generally problem free

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