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A Plant Worth Risking Public Embarrassment For

Fine Gardening - Issue #193
Photo: DoreenWynja.com

Name: ‘Silver Surfer’ agave (Agave americana ssp. protoamericana ‘Silver Surfer’)

Zones: 7b–9

Size: 5 feet tall and 8 feet wide

Conditions: Full sun; well-drained soil

Native range: Mexico

A few years ago my neighbors casually announced at a summer backyard barbecue that they had seen me in my pajamas and slippers trying to put bubble wrap around some plant in mid-December while it was starting to snow. Last year, I took it a step further and donned a head lamp because it was dark and I had to protect my ‘Silver Surfer’ agave no matter what. Thank goodness no one thought to pull out a cell phone and snap a shot to post on social media.

I bought this amazing plant on a garden tour in Oregon five years ago because I had always wanted one and just had to have it. We all know what that feels like. Our climate in…

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