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Tropical South

Selecting plants suited to the Tropical South climate is a key step to success.

Various initiatives have taken place to determine how well plants would withstand the cold winter temperatures (Plant Hardiness Zones) or when plants would start suffering from the heat (Plant Heat Zones).

The Tropical South region lies in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 10-11 and in AHS Heat Zones 10 through 12.

If you know your hardiness zone and heat zone, find the best plants or exciting garden ideas for your geographic area.




Agastache 'Kudos Mandarin' (Hummingbird Mint)

Very short, compact, and hardy, Agastache 'Kudos Mandarin' is a small Hummingbird Mint, which forms a low mound bearing airy spikes of cheerful, bright orange plumes from early summer until fall. Blooming continuously weeks after weeks, they provide long lasting, glowing color in beds, borders or containers and hummingbirds feast on them.

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Agastache 'Kudos Silver Blue' (Hummingbird Mint)

Very short, compact, and hardy, Agastache 'Kudos Silver Blue' is a small Hummingbird Mint, which forms a low mound of refined, deep green foliage, bearing plump spikes of soft, clear light blue plumes from early summer until fall. Blooming continuously weeks after weeks, they provide long lasting, glowing color in beds, borders or containers and hummingbirds feast on them. Delicate-looking but fast growing, this pretty Agastache is among the best of all hardy perennials for attracting pollinating insects.

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Agastache 'Kudos Yellow' (Hummingbird Mint)

Very short, compact, and hardy, Agastache 'Kudos Yellow' is a small Hummingbird Mint, which forms a low mound bearing large, dense spikes of cheerful, bright yellow plumes from early summer until fall. Blooming continuously weeks after weeks, they provide long lasting, glowing color in beds, borders or containers and hummingbirds feast on them.

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Agastache 'Summer Sky' (Hummingbird Mint)

Agastache 'Summer Sky' proudly displays glowing violet-blue flowers with dark calyxes over a bright green foliage from midsummer well into the fall for a great colorful display.

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Agastache 'Summer Sunset' (Hummingbird Mint)

Set your borders aglow with this spectacular Agastache! 'Summer Sunset' features warm, sunset-orange hues all summer that will not fade in the summer's heat. Eye-popping, it will add color and a lovely spiky texture to your garden or containers. Hummingbirds will thank you for it.

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Agastache (Hyssop)

A wonderful perennial that adds color and a spiky texture to your garden! Agastache are beautiful, aromatic herbaceous perennials, rich of many qualities: broad color palette, lovely vertical lines, abundant blooms, drought and heat tolerance, great versatility

Agave 'Blue Flame'

Resembling a blue flame with its gracefully incurved leaf, Agave 'Blue Flame' is an evergreen succulent perennial which produces elegant rosettes of flexible blue-green leaves with finely serrated margins and a terminal spine.

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Agave 'Blue Glow'

Agave 'Blue Glow' is a slow-growing evergreen succulent which produces elegant rosettes of blue-green, chalky leaves with finely toothed margins adorned with a golden and red ribbon. A striking beauty which is particularly stunning when backlit with its glowing red and golden margin.

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Agave 'Cream Spike'

A charming and tiny variegated Agave, 'Cream Spike' is a highly ornamental evergreen succulent with small, solitary, rounded rosettes of blue-green leaves adorned with broad butter-yellow margins and dark brown spines. This Agave variety produces many offsets that can be easily pulled and re-planted elsewhere. It is perfect for small containers.

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Agave 'Joe Hoak'

Incredibly pretty, Agave 'Joe Hoak' is an evergreen succulent perennial which produces striking rosettes of gracefully curving leaves, delicately striated with pale gray-green and cream, and adorned with a terminal reddish-brown spine.

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Agave 'Kissho Kan' (Butterfly Agave)

A magnificent Japanese selection, Agave 'Kissho Kan' is an evergreen, perennial succulent forming a perfectly symmetrical rosette of thick, rigid, soft silver-blue to blue-green leaves. The foliage is adorned with creamy white toothed margins and leaf spines, which emerge yellow, change to pale brown before turning dark reddish-brown. \

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Agave americana 'Mediopicta Alba' (Century Plant)

Smaller than its giant cousin, Agave americana, 'Mediopicta Alba'(Century Plant) is an evergreen perennial forming splendid rosettes of thick, spiny-edged, gray-green leaves, each with a bright creamy-white central stripe. The fleshy leaves are armed with recurved spines along the edges and a long terminal spine.

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Agave americana 'Mediopicta Aurea' (Century Plant)

Smaller than its giant cousin, Agave americana, 'Mediopicta Aurea'(Century Plant) is an evergreen perennial forming striking rosettes of thick, spiny-edged, gray-green leaves, each with a bright yellow central stripe.

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Agave americana (Century Plant)

Incredibly beautiful and majestic, Agave americana (Century Plant) is a very large, evergreen perennial forming handsome rosettes of thick, spiny-edged, blue-green leaves, up to 6 ft. long (180 cm).

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Agave attenuata 'Boutin Blue' (Fox Tail Agave)

A splendid blue selection of Fox Tail Agave, Agave attenuata 'Boutin Blue' is an evergreen succulent perennial which produces elegant rosettes of wide, flexible, blue-green leaves, without any teeth along their margins. Emerging from a tight center, the soft, pliable, voluptuous leaves arch gracefully back.

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Agave attenuata 'Ray of Light' (Fox Tail Agave)

An exquisite variegated selection of Fox Tail Agave, Agave attenuata 'Ray of Light' is an evergreen succulent perennial which produces elegant rosettes of wide, flexible, pale green leaves, adorned with a fine white streak running the length of each leaf margin. Emerging from a tight center, the soft, pliable leaves arch gracefully back.

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Agave attenuata (Fox Tail Agave)

Unlike many Agaves, Agave attenuata (Fox Tail Agave) is an evergreen succulent perennial which produces a handsome rosette of silvery, pale green leaves, up to 4 ft. wide (120 cm), without teeth or terminal spines. Born on a thick stem which can reach 4 ft. (120 cm), the rosette is composed of flexible leaves which gracefully arch back, resembling an open flower.

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Agave chrysantha (Golden Flowered Century Plant)

A fascinating North American Agave, Agave chrysantha (Golden Flowered Century Plant) is an evergreen, perennial succulent forming a pretty rosette of fleshy, sword-shaped, grey-green leaves which radiate gracefully from the center of the plant, giving it a neat and rounded shape. Deeply guttered, the leaves are lined with sharp spines along their edges and with a terminal spine.

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Agave colorata (Mescal Ceniza)

Slow growing, Agave colorata (Mescal Ceniza) is an evergreen, perennial succulent forming a rosette of fleshy, nearly spoon-shaped, powdery blue leaves with particularly fascinating crossbanding. Rough textured, the leaves are deeply scalloped and lined with formidable, dark brown teeth along their margins and tipped with a stout terminal spine.

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Agave desmetiana 'Variegata'

Graceful and upright, Agave desmetiana 'Variegata' is an evergreen succulent perennial which produces urn-shaped rosettes of elegantly curved, bright green leaves with bright golden-yellow edges and a terminal reddish-brown spine.

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Agave franzosinii (Majestic Agave)

Incredibly majestic, Agave franzosinii is a very large, evergreen perennial forming a usually solitary rosette of thick, spiny-edged, powdery blue-gray leaves that arch gracefully. While many agaves are coated with a waxy glaucus that helps reflect sunlight and conserve water, this agave displays interesting dark green patterns where the wax has been rubbed off as the leaves grow.

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Agave havardiana (Harvard Agave)

Extremely cold hardy, Agave havardiana (Havard Agave) is an evergreen, perennial succulent forming a tight rosette of fleshy, broad, cupped, silver-gray leaves. Adding an attractive texture and interest year-round, the leaves are heavily lined with dark brown teeth along their margins and tipped with a wickedly sharp black terminal spine.

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Agave montana (Mountain Agave)

Resembling a large artichoke, Agave montana (Mountain Agave) is an evergreen, perennial succulent forming a rosette of fleshy, broad, upright, apple green leaves with large cinnamon-red teeth along the margins and a stout terminal spine. Adding intriguing beauty, the leaves carry on their lower surfaces the distinct imprints of the thorny leaf margins of the previous outer leaf-bud.

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Agave nickelsiae (King of the Agaves)

An unforgettable sight, Agave nickelsiae, previously named Agave ferdinandi-regis, is an evergreen, perennial succulent forming a striking compact rosette of stout, smooth and spineless, dark olive green leaves. Each leaf is beautifully adorned with ornamental white bud prints. Lacking teeth along the edges, they instead exhibit narrow white margins and are tipped by a contrasting black terminal spine.

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