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In 2009, we hand-crossed flowering plants of Agave lophantha with pollen from Agave x pseudoferox 'Logan Calhoun' (our name for plants we now believe to be hybrids of Agave americana, asperrima, and gentryi, and incorrectly grown as Agave salmiana var. ferox). Our seed strain, which we introduced in 2011 as Agave 'Stairway to Heaven', is fairly consistent in combining traits from each parent...the upturned leaf tips of Agave gentryi and asperrima, the increased size, fast growth and offsetting of Agave americana, some light central striping from Agave lophantha, and extra teeth from...well, who knows where. Each seedling is different and will vary in size, but average rosette is 3' tall x 4-5' wide with 3" wide x 3' long, dark green leaves. In our in ground trials, we've seen virtually no damage at 7 degrees F. We've also had several plants from this cross flower six years from seed sowing, which is quite remarkable for a century plant. The 20' tall scapes are intermediate between the panicles of Agave x pseudoferox and the spicate scapes of Agave lophantha. The flowers are a magnet for ants, bees, hummingbirds, and crazy agave breeders with ladders.

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We purchased this lovely form of Agave americana in 2005 from a grower in Thailand. Unfortunately, it came without a valid cultivar name, so we've named it Agave americana 'Marshmallow Cream'. Agave 'Marshmallow Cream' has a much wider and shorter leaf than the typical Agave americana 'Marginata', which is more common in the trade. Agave americana 'Marshmallow Cream' also makes a much more elegant plant in the ground as well as in a container. Since it isn't winter hardy for us, we can only guess about a mature size, but we would expect 5' tall x 8' wide. Quantities are very limited.

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Agave flexispina is a rarely grown century plant, related to Agave palmeri and Agave shrevei, that struck my fancy when visiting the Ruth Bancroft Garden in California. Hailing from 4,500' to 7,500' in the Mexican states of Chihuahua, Durango and Zacatecas, Agave flexispina has shown great winter hardiness in our trials. The powder blue leaves with long red spines form rosettes that are often solitary but will offset occasionally once established. In cultivation, expect the clumps to reach 18" tall x 3' wide. Carl Schoenfeld tells us that in west Texas, Agave flexispina was unblemished down to 0 degrees F, so we think this gem should be grown much more in colder climate gardens.

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Agave havardiana is a medium- to large-sized century plant native to rocky grassland slopes (often alkaline) from west Texas into Mexico (4,000'-6,000' elevation). Agave havardiana forms a 3-4' wide glaucous blue, single rosette (rarely offsetting) of thick spiny leaves to 20" long and 6" wide...a very hardy species if protected from winter moisture when temperatures fall below 20 degrees F. Mature specimens of Agave havardiana are topped with stunningly massive 12' tall asparagus-looking flower spikes in summer, with giant panicles of bright yellow flowers that are a pollinator magnet.

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Agave victoriae-reginae 'Lemonade' is one of the finest selections of the Mexican native Queen Victoria century plant, selected and named by the late agave collector, Rick Nowakowski. The 1' tall x 18" wide solitary (non-offsetting) specimen is composed of short, rigid, green, toothless leaves, each bordered with an ultra-wide margin of bright yellow, extending all the way to the leaf tip. Although not the fastest growing century plant, the exquisite beauty of this amazing selection is worth the exercise in patience. We recommend keeping this on the dry side, especially during extended summer rains.

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Agave parryi ssp. truncata, considered one of the most beautiful of all the agaves, has a very limited native distribution. Found only in Durango, Mexico, it can best be described as short, fat, blue, and producing lots of offspring. Come to think of it, that also describes most of the guys at the local saloon on Saturday night. Each 18" tall x 18" wide robust clump is topped at maturity with a phallic bud that enlarges into a 5" diameter, 20' tall flower spike, which could easily be used for a flagpole...we like horticultural multi-tasking. When they finally open, the bright yellow, fragrant flowers are hummingbird favorites. Remember to keep Agave parryi ssp. truncata well-drained and dry in the winter months.

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(aka: Agave polyacantha v. xalapensis shadow marginated) We are thrilled to once again have enough to share of Agave obscura 'Red Skyline', found as a seedling by a friend and agave collector, Stef van Dort. Agave obscura 'Red Skyline' forms a 15" tall x 2' wide rosette of very dark, forest green leaves, absent any spines other than the leaf tip. The leaf margins are bordered with a wide contrasting stripe of light green, which is then edged with a narrow dark red purple stripe...truly elegant!

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Agave truncata (This plant comes in a 3.5 inch pot. You will receive a very similar plant to the one in the picture. It may or may not be blooming at the time of your purchase. The plant is shipped in its pot to prevent any damage to the roots). Common names include Mescal agave and Artichoke Agave Cultivation and propagation: It is very frost hardy. Because of its compact size Plus its low water use and low maintenance. Growth rate: Slow to medium growing but speeds up considerably given the best conditions. Exposure: They do well in full sun or a lightly shaded area with afternoon shade.Hardiness: It is one of the most cold hardy of the agaves, (hardy to -9/-18°C. Some of the information in this description has been found at desert-tropicals.com, llifle.com and cactus-art.biz

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This plant is shipped Bare root. Our specimen category are plants that are grown in different ways, some of them are grown in pots, some are grown in trays and other are grown directly in our fields, that is why we will ship them bare root. All of our plants are grown under the same conditions, although not all the plants are the same. You will receive a similar plant in size and shape to the ones in the pictures. Our plants are hand-picked and carefully selected to bring you the best quality possible. Please allow us up to 3 business days to process your order. If you wish to receive your order on a specific date, or have special instructions, please add a note at the checkout . Agave 'Blue Glow' is a slow-growing evergreen hybrid succulent. It is a cross between Agave ocahui and Agave attenuata which produces a glow-like appearance rosette of blue-green, chalky leaves with red toothed margins with a golden and red ribbon.It can grow up to two feet tall and wide, forming a single rosette with a clumping growth habit. This agave.

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Agave x ovatispina 'Blue Rapture' is a 2018 Plant Delights/JLBG introduction from a cross of two cold tolerant century plants, made by our volunteer agave specialist Mike Papay. Mike crossed his voluptuous Agave ovatifolia with pollen from an unsuspecting Agave flexispina. The offspring, which are still young but insanely vigorous, look absolutely amazing. We obviously won't know the mature size for another 14 years or so, but would estimate the rosettes will reach at least 2' tall x 5' in width. This is a very limited offering of what promises to be a truly amazing new strain of century plant...each seedling is different, although overall they are quite uniform.

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