Cold Hardy Agave and Yucca Seeds –

Scott's Backyard Habitat Enhancement


There are several cold hardy Agave species, cold tolerant Yucca species, and cold hardy cactus species that can bring that desert feel to your garden.  Even in climates where winters get pretty cold these species can survive once they are established if given very good winter drainage.  The species below are my short list of species to try. 


I will soon offers seeds of these cold hardy Agave and Yucca-like species; the most cold hardy species I am aware of:

Supposedly hardy to

Agave neomexicana                       -20 F               Zone 5            more info from

Agave utahensis v kaibabensis     -10 F               Zone 6            more info from

Agave parryi v huachucensis         12F to –20F   Zone 7            more info from


Yucca glauca- low growing             0 F to -10 F    Zone 6            more info from

Yucca brevifolia v jaegeriana -tree10 F to -10 F Zone 7            more info from

Yucca faxoniana - tree                    10 F to 0 F     Zone 7            more info from

Yucca rostrata - tree                         10 F to 0 F     Zone 7            more info from

Yucca thompsoniana - tree            10 F to 0 F     Zone 7            more info from


Hesperaloe parviflora -‘red yucca’ 10 F to 0 F     Zone 7            more info from


Very hardy Cactus seeds:


Echinocereus reichenbachii           0 F (maybe less) Zone 7-     more info from


Escobaria vivipara                           -30 F               Zone 4            more info from


Opuntia mix                                       0 F (maybe less)zone 7-      more info from

            A mix of various beavertail type Opuntia cacti seeds


I hope to offer seeds of these cold hardy Agave and Yucca species very soon.  A packet of 10 seeds will sell for $2.99. 

$2.50 shipping per order (unlimited packets).

Please email me if you are interested in pre-ordering these hard-to-find frost tolerant species:


USDA zone map


Cultivation of Agave and Yucca from Benny


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Xeriscape and Drought Tolerant Plant Books:


Agaves, Yuccas, and Related Plants: A Gardener's Guide 

Agaves of Continental North America 

Xeriscape Plant Guide: 100 Water-Wise Plants for Gardens and Landscapes

Xeriscape Handbook: A How-To Guide to Natural, Resource-Wise Gardening

Gardening in the Desert: A Guide to Plant Selection & Care

Plants for Dry Climates: How to Select, Grow and Enjoy



Other books related to water conservation and xeriscaping:


Create an Oasis With Grey water: Your Complete Guide to Choosing, Building and Using Greywater Systems

The Desert Home

Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water

Links for more info on Xeriscape and Drought Tolerant Plants:


Landscape Water Conservation...Xeriscape - From Texas A&M

Xeriscape Plant Selections and Ideas - From North Dakota State

Xeriscape info - From Colorado State, x


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Last Update 1/12/07 SMH