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Agave salmiana ferox (Vlad the Impaler)

Ferox means ferocious. Quite right too. It’s so rigid and inflexible and ferocious that no hurricane would ever faze it. That’s the good news. The less good news is that it’s dislike of frost is greater than most other agaves so it’ll need a nice big pot and a nice dry shed/garage/greenhouse for the colder months of the year unless you’re in central London or Penzance or some such similarly mild spots. As with all plants like this, pups (little plants around it) and unsightly old leaves must be removed. A full suit of armour would be advisable but maybe some heavy duty gardening gauntlets (yep, we sell them) would suffice. The biggest bladed serrated bread knife is an appropriate weapon. Really worth doing – they look amazing when all the rubbish has been removed.

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Hardiness level Red

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Hardy in Atlantic Seaboard gardens, The Channel Islands, gardens in Central London (and other large cities) and conservatories.

This is only meant as a guide; there are some plants with red labels that would only survive in extremely favoured spots such as The Isles of Scilly or coastal south-west Ireland.

We're always on hand to give advice about plants and their frost hardiness.

Please remember that these coloured labels are only a rough guide.

General Point about Plant Hardiness: The commonly held belief that it's better to 'plant small' is perfectly true with herbaceous plants, but not necessarily true with woody plants. They need some 'wood' on them to survive severe cold - so plants of marginal hardiness in very cold areas should really be planted LARGER, rather than smaller, wherever possible.