Agave montana

Mountain agave

  • Botanical name: Agave montana
  • Common name: Mountain agave
  • Family: Asparagaceae
  • Plant Type: Cactus or succulent
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The mountain agave, Agave montana, is a beautiful and architectural plant, forming a huge solitary rosette of densely packed, spined, deep-green leaves with a white powdery patina. Native to the mountainous regions of Mexico, it’s exposed to cool moist cloud and more of a temperate climate than other agaves are used to. It’s therefore better suited to the British climate than some of its less hardy cousins, and has even been known to survive harsh British winters outside, without any protection. 


For best results grow Agave montana in well-drained soil in full sun, and water sparingly. Despite being hardier than most agaves (down to -10°C), it is a good idea to give it protection in winter. Bring plants indoors in autumn or protect with fleece.

How to grow Agave montana

  • Plant size

    1.5m height

    1.5m spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Half hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do not Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December


Do not Divide in January

Do not Divide in February

Do not Divide in March

Do not Divide in April

Do not Divide in May

Do not Divide in June

Do not Divide in July

Do not Divide in August

Do Divide in September

Do Divide in October

Do not Divide in November

Do not Divide in December

Agave montana and wildlife

Agave montana has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Agave montana poisonous?

Agave montana has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People