Agave lechuguilla Roswell, NM 5000ft
Agave lechuguilla is probably in the top 5 for most cold hardy species of agave. Plants have taken -22F and -10s many times in my colorado garden. They thrive and make nice clumps that occasionaly bloom, but offsets replace your flowering plant. A very overlooked agave is a beautiful plant in the garden. It definately lives up to its wicked name of 'Shindagger'. Plants can be one of the most colorful species and can rival any of the souther species of century plant.
Seed of these plants came from the furthest north location I could find, which is just north of Roswell, NM on a Limestone ridge. Thes plants can have red, black and white teeth with lots of skin striations. Probably one of the most diverse locations.
I do not guarantee these in a zone 5 because everyones growing conditions are different but this would be a good trial plant to grow in your cold outdoor garden. Try to plant outdoor 90 days before 1st hard freeze.
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