Whale's Tongue Agave (Agave ovatifolia) in the Agaves Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Dry Mesic
Plant Height: 2-5 feet
Plant Spread: 3-6 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruit: Dehiscent
Flowers: Showy
Inflorescence Height: 10-14 feet
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Will Naturalize
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Drought tolerant
Toxicity: Other: The juice from many species of agave can cause acute contact dermatitis that produces reddening and blistering lasting approximately one to two weeks. Itching may recur up to a year later without a visible rash. Dried parts of the plants can be handled sa
Propagation: Seeds: Can handle transplanting
Other info: Sow in shallow pots with a well draining, sterile mix; 50/50 organic/inorganic of coarse perlite, pumice; sphagnum peat or good compost. Avoid manures. Irrigate from below by submerging in water to 1/2 height of pot. Provide bright, indirect light and a
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Other: Bulbils
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth


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Location: Cisco, Tx (between Dallas and Abilene)Date: 2019-01-26
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Location: Canby, ORDate: 2016-09-03
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Location: Central Kansas (Zone 6b)Date: 2014-06-29Receives full sun all day
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Location: Texas A&M AgriLife Research & Extension Center, Overton, TXDate: 2014-07-02
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And So It Begins... by StaticAsh Jul 27, 2016 12:28 AM 404

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