Only Seventeen Different Agaves

Bracteosa 'Monterrey Frost'
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Gypsophylla
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There was another that looked healthier, but this one had a pup!
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Funkiana 'Fatal Attraction'.  One of Avent's clever names.  I don't see a whole heck of a lot of difference between this and plain lophantha. 
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Ovatafolia (baby one)
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Ellemeetianas (I think)
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Americana medio-picta alba 'Aurea'.  The reduced-size striped white one, only the stripes are yellow.  Some nice pups there around it.
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Rosy interruption:
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One of the smaller 'Blue Glow's.  If it is a cheap 'Blue Glow' I will buy it.  I have eight or nine.  I love every single one of them. 
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The largest is about 3'x3'.  It was about 6" when I bought it.   They grow fast in the ground, slow in a pot.  
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'Joe Hoak':
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This is supposed to be marmorata, but is it gigantensis?
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This isn't supposed to be marmorata, but it may be.  The beautiful banding is usually only seen
on older plants, so this pup is rather choice:
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Parryi truncata in the ground with yet another @#^$ Cercis seedling I need to pull:
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Parryi truncata in a pot that needs to be in the ground:
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The glamorous lophantha 'Quadricolor'.  I wish it would produce some offsets.
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Augustifolia marginata.  I am extremely sorry I planted this.  No wonder it was cheap.  It's offsetting like crazy.  I've pulled out a couple of dozen already.  Do not plant this unless you want a gazillion of them.  
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It's invading Stricta's space:
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Stricta.  These are somewhat slow.  They were the size of an orange when I planted them.  Now they are the size of a basketball.
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One of the three big desmettianas.  I'm still waiting for bloom spikes.  Maybe this fall?  
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Two new ones from the CSS show at the Huntington.  Guiengola for real this time.  I bought a tequiliana labeled as a guiengola.  This I am sure is a real guiengola:
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And harvardiana.  Harvardiana doesn't pup much if at all, so it's a little hard to find. 
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A variegated attenuata in the back, 'Kara's Choice'.  It's okay, but the ordinary but not common variegated one is prettier. 

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  I had it in a pot where it was miserable.  It's in the ground now and has recovered some of its beauty.



I make that to be only seventeen different Agaves.  We do not have attenuata, which is ridiculously common but common for good reason: it is beautiful and spineless.   I had tequiliana as I mentioned before, but it was supposed to be guiengola so I re-homed it.  I had lophantha as well, but read it offsets like mad, and I didn't want that, so I re-homed that one too.  I'm happy with the non-offsetting species, thanks to augustifolia sprouting everywhere.  However, if 'Blue Glow', lophantha 'Quadricolor', or 'Joe Hoak' want to pup, I would be ecstatic.  There are also a couple of fancy cultivars, but they are small and I must not jinx them by acknowledging their existence. 

Comments

  1. What a beautiful collection of agaves. I know the cultivars you mention and they are great as well. Are you not tempted by the gentryi and montanas?

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  2. Lovely collection of agave plants that you have there! Thanks for sharing! My favorites are the ones with the blue-ish gray-ish leaves. Maybe I should get one for myself, too?
    Christina

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  3. @ Spiky--tempted by vilmoriniana 'Stained Glass', for sure! Gentryi and montana get 2 M wide here--too big.

    @Christina--they are so easy, I recommend them. Go for 'Blue Glow' because it is so beautiful, or bracteosa because it is spineless and petite. Agaves have a beautiful rosette shape--maybe that's the attraction for us avid rose growers.

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  4. Thanks for working out the comment issue. Great photos. You inspire me.

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  5. I'm common, I admit it. The only agave in the garden is a big pile of attenuata. If I added more agaves I'm afraid I'd turn compulsive and soon need to start attending A(gave-addicts) A(nonymous) meetings.

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  6. Stricta gives me palpitations. I think it is perfect. Thanks!

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