Monday, October 19, 2009


OK, not quite tequila... but here's the current state of our Durango agave collection - all of which have over-wintered in our yard at 6600 feet. Unfortunately, none are the specific agave used in the tequila-making state of Jalisco (that would be Agave tequilana). Chiefly found in Mexico, agaves occur north into the southern and western United States. For those with botanical interests, here's a sampling of agaves suited to our climate. These have all been grown from seed selected from plants found to thrive in the highest and northern part of their natural range.

Agave parryi
The range for Parry's agave extends north to Flagstaff, Arizona.

Agave parryi
Found in Arizona, New Mexico, and Northern Mexico.

Agave utahensis var. kaibabensis
Uncommonly found in Arizona and Utah.

Agave havardiana
Found in West Texas and Northern Mexico.

Agave neomexicana
Found in New Mexico, West Texas, and Northern Mexico.

Agave toumeyana
Found in Arizona's central mountains.

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