Agave ovatifolia

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Powdery silver with a touch of blue, with brown-burgundy spines. Symmetrical and bold, without taking a huge amount of space.

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These are all at the Huntington in San Marino. My own specimen, bought as A. ovatifolia, is looking more and more like a mislabeled A. parryi.  A discussion of A. ovatifolia here.

My little probably-parryi, only about 8" wide up to now:
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Possibly the similar but different A. parryi, also at the Huntington. Shorter and more squat than A. ovatifolia, but just as symmetrical:
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Compare the edges of A. ovatifolia with A. marmorata:
Agave marmorata:
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So far my taller-than-wide A. marmorata does not have the symmetry of either A. ovatifolia or A. parryi. I mainly wanted A. ovatifolia for its' New And Cool factor, but comparing it to A. marmorata and A. parryi, I think it is the most beautiful of the three.

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Comments

  1. Ah yes, with this post it was clear you were visiting the Huntington, I have almost the same exact shot (your second picture) from our visit.

    And btw I suspect that I too bought an agave labeled as A. ovatifolia that is really an A. parryi. That's what I get for buying one of the small ones, I should have ponied up for the specimen!

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  2. Count me in as having bought a parryi masquerading as an ovatifolia. Mine's about the same size as yours, Hoov. Thanks for teasing out the subtleties with these three.

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