A superb, solitary species from Sonora, Mexico, where it is at home on dry, rocky limestone slopes. It forms a beautifully rounded rosette to 80 cm (32 in.) in diameter, consisting of numerous, hard, glossy green leaves, often with a reddish tinge, that have pale, thornless margins and a long, pale apical spike. The tall flower spike carries striking, deep red, bell-shaped flowers. Mescal Pelón appreciates a place in full sun on well drained soil and will tolerate drought and moderate freezes. It is not the easiest Agave to grow, but doubtlessly worth the trouble. It is also used to make a crude Mescal, but who in their right mind would want to sacrifice this beautiful plant?