A Neighborhood Agave Titanota Begins To Bloom
Neighbor's house: love that!
Love the simplicity of it, love the three different kinds of yellow-green (two different cacti, Alluadia) mixed with two kinds of white-silver-blue (Agaves and rocks), love the texture of the roof contrasting with the smoothness of the wall. When shall I have such plant selection discipline? Oh, never.
I've blogged before about the Agaves at this property back in the summer of 2011. One of their Agave titanotas is now in bloom and wrapped in holiday lights.
Unlike A. americana or A. desmetiana, the titanota flower stem does not branch. The flowers are all on the main stem rather than on side branches. What is the evolutionary purpose of those long filaments?
Quite tall...the holiday light wrap starts about 9 feet (3 M) up. The light string wanders over to nearby Euphorbias:
Offsets of the blooming titanota are also blooming:
The home has plenty of younger titanotas as well. The younger plants look different than the mature version, which holds its straight flattened leaves stiffly and isolated like propeller blades. The youngsters are incurved and cabbage-y. Titanota is a highly variable species not only from youth to maturity, but also in essence. Leaf color can vary greatly from green to alabaster white and blue-white. Spines and teeth may be papery brown, burgundy, black.
Some other nice succulents at this home include a big clump of a spineless, lax opuntia in Christmas-appropriate red and green:
Agave parryi, the non-truncata version
A wonderful flawless sprawl of Opuntia microdaysis behind an clump of Aloe camperi:
A happy Sotol (Dasylirion wheelerii) with golden barrels (Echinocactus grusonii):
And...very cool, although I've never seen an Agave with a caudex before. Maybe it's a pineapple?
I will be making regular trips past that blooming Agave this winter and spring to see how it progresses.
Update 8/2017 Photobucket suddenly wanted $400 to display photos, so I updated this post somewhat from backups.
My comment about a lack of plant discipline proved to be true for the owners of this garden as well. Many plants have been added since 2011, cluttering the original design. I know how that goes.