Agave tequilana weber, variedad azul
In Mexico, there are over a hundred species of agave plants. Tequila can only be made from the Blue Agave variety. Agaves are a succulent plant species of the Lily family. The plant has spiky, fleshy leaves and a heart or “piña” from which tequila is made. The agave, like all succulents thrives in warm temperatures, rich red clay soil and high altitudes. In optimal conditions, like in the Jaliscan highlands, the agave can grow to be as large as 200 pounds and mature in 6 to 8 years.