Agave x leopoldii And So Forth

Agave x leopoldii
Described as a garden hybrid between Agave filifera and Agave schidigera (now A. filifera ssp. schidigera) by Alwin Berger in his 1915 “Die Agaven”. 
Agave x leopoldii
In bloom:
Agaves in bloom 
This Agave was a seven footer: (2.2 M)
This one was even bigger, with a beautiful A. parryi truncata in front of the monster:
There goes that one
This was small but made up for it in beauty:
Agave of some sort

The Huntington has a lot of Agaves, but not anywhere near as exhaustive a collection on public display (who knows what treasures they have hidden away) as the Aloes.
Aloe petrophila:
Aloe petrophila
Gorgeous stripes:
Aloe petrophila
If ever you visit the Huntington, I recommend a sunny day in winter.  The sun being at a lower angle makes for more beautiful viewing, and many Aloes are in bloom, with hummingbirds zipping everywhere.  Further, it's deliciously warm in the Desert Garden instead of roasting blisteringly hot.   

Other plants besides Aloes are in bloom...   
Pleiospilos peersii:
Pleiospilos peersii

Pleiospilos peersii
The Mammilarias were just starting:
And the light enabled everything to glow with life.



  1. Beautiful photos, and so different from what you can see out of our windows here in Britain. I have been to Huntingdon here in England, a sleepy little market town in Cambridgeshire with a population about 20.000. Not many cacti or agaves out in the fields!


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