Agave gentryi 'Jaws'
Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
| ||Common Name: Agave-Hardy|
Common Name (Alternative): Century Plant
This ferocious selection of hardy Agave forms a rigidly upright, medium to large sized, solitary rosette of glossy apple green leaves with huge purple-brown marginal spines and a long brown terminal spine. Raised leaf imprints can be found on both the top and bottom of the leaves.
As they fold, the leaves resemble a mouth full of sharp teeth, thus the name ‘Jaws’.
This plant was a result of seed collected from a large colony of A. gentryi by John Fairey of Yucca Do Nursery while botanizing in the mountains of northern Mexico. John selected the plant with the largest marginal spines.
This is one of the most cold tolerant large Agaves.
Agaves typically flower only once every 15-25 years and the main crown dies after blooming.
Breeder: John Fairey of Yucca Do Nursery
Parentage: Seed selection of A. gentryi
Origin: Not Native to North America
Sun or Shade?:
Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
Low water needs
Average water needs
Need critter resistant plants?:
How fast should it grow?:
When should it bloom?:
Grown for its attractive foliage
How's your soil?:
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
Alkaline Soil (pH > 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
Agave is a tender perennial or "temperennial" succulent plant that grows best in full sun. Light afternoon shade is recommended in the hottest parts of the country. Plant in well-drained, dry to average soil in containers just slightly wider than the width of the rosette or plant directly in the ground. In summer when the plants are actively growing, they appreciate a bit of supplemental watering and half-strength fertilizer. They should be grown dry in winter. Agave is a slower grower, so it will not quickly overtake the space it is allotted in the landscape.