It’s no secret that I love agaves. I’ve written more posts about agaves than any other group of succulents. It’s no surprise that I sometimes get asked if there are any books on agaves that I would recommend.
Yes, there are. In fact, I know of four agave-centric books currently in print (sorted by year of publication):
Pilbeam, J. (2013). A Gallery of Agaves (including variegates). Hornchurch, Essex, UK: The British Cactus & Succulent Society.
Starr, G. (2012). Agaves: Living Sculptures for Landscapes and Containers. Portland, OR: Timber Press.
Irish, M., & Irish, G. (2000). Agaves, Yuccas, and Related Plants: A Gardener's Guide. Portland, OR: Timber Press.
Gentry, H. (1982). Agaves of Continental North America. Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona Press.
Let’s take a look at each one. I’ll tell you what I think its merits are so you can decide for yourself if it’s the right book for you.