Vanzie Whale's Tongue Agave

Agave ovatifolia 'Vanzie'

Very attractive and interesting agave with deeply channeled leaves. More adaptable to damp, cool climates than other blue agaves. Soft blue-gray leaves are abundant, developing large clumps with age. A striking accent for the sunny, water-wise landscape. Makes a handsome statement when in mass plantings. Evergreen.
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Full sun

Once established, needs only occasional watering.


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Botanical Pronunciationa-GAH-vee oh-vay-tih-FOH-lee-uh
Average Size at MaturityReaches 3-4 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeBlooms once at full maturity, 10 to 15 years or older.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorGreen
Foliage ColorBlue-green
Garden StyleContemporary, Mediterranean
Growth HabitRounded
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBarrier, Firescaping/Fire Wise, Poolside, Coastal Exposure
Light NeedsFull sun
Special FeatureDramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Waterwise
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, needs only occasional watering.

Thrives in lean soil with excellent drainage.Tolerates drought but looks best with some supplemental water during the hot season. Avoid reflected heat. Forms new rosettes which may be divided or left in place to form a large clump.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 7-9

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