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Sea Holly For Northwest Agave Fans

April 24, 2008

What do you do when you desire the architectural rosettes of Agave but live in the Northwest? Substitute Agaves for the sword-shaped leaves of ERYNGIUM Agavifolium (Agave-leaf Sea Holly).

Potted arrangements are an alternative, but containers have their own maintenance requirements, like over-winterizing, routine watering, and not to mention expensive.

Agaves are not native to the Northwest and don’t like our cold, wet winters. Introducing non-native, non-hardy plants to your borders can become hosts for unwanted pests and disease. Who wants to work that hard? Look for cold-hardy plants that have the same characteristics of the plants you love and save you, and your plants, a lot of hardship.

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  1. April 25, 2008 1:49 pm

    Yes, very good advise Jayme, I always say plant what suits your climate and garden. Sometimes we try different things which give a lot of work and in the end die or are just not worth having because they never grow as well as in their accustomed habitat.

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