Vanzie Whale’s Tongue Agave
A slightly smaller growing selection of the Whale’s Tongue Agave, as compared to the infamous ‘Frosty Blue’. Vanzie is unique for its smaller teeth, deeply scalloped and wavy leaf edge and its deep ventral folds that give it such a unique texture. Still grows to monstrous proportions, often up to 6 feet wide and 4 feet tall! But you can slow it down in our climate by holding off on the water once it reaches the size you want. Either way be sure to site it in a location where it can be the focal point and have plenty of room to stretch its beautiful blue, spiny legs!
Plant in extremely well draining soil in the brightest conditions if planting in ground. Watering in the summertime will lead to faster growth and a more gigantic specimen. Otherwise it makes a fantastic container plant and can be brought indoors when very cold weather is in the forecast.
Latin Name: Agave ovatifolia ‘Vanzie’
Site and Soil: Full sun and very well-drained soil. Very drought tolerant once established and will need little to no supplemental watering during the summer season, though a bit of summer water speeds growth.
Hardiness: Hardy to approx. 0º F, possibly lower with great drainage.
Size at Maturity: 3-4 ft. in height by 6 ft. wide
Bloom Time: early spring through summer every 50 or 100 years or so
Pests & Diseases: Not bothered by pests or diseases.
USDA Zone: 7a