Inter-City Cactus & Succulent Show 2013: Agaves
At least in our region, Agaves are never the stars of a Cactus/Succulent show. They are too easy, too common, too big. Size limitations on entries limit plants to small species and hybrids. The Arboretum's grand and glorious A. vilmoriniana, more than six feet (2 M) wide, is the essence of Agave beauty, but there's no room for such plants at a show.
Besides that perfect 'Royal Spine' on the trophy table, the two blue ribbons in the Agave category were this ?A. gypsophila 'Ivory Curls'?, looking none too curly:
...and this pretty (?)A. utahensis var. eborispina(?), though I thought the pot color was a poor choice.
This 'Sunglow' was part of the "A Group Of Five To Nine Plants" category:
A. pumila, and a victoria-reginae with some yellow variegation:
The most majestic Agave, though, was the vilmoriniana in the ground outdoors. Nearby, another choice plant was a silvery Rose Mallee, Eucalyptus rodantha:
The flowers are loaded with nectar, so it must be a hummingbird favorite. By the Mallee was a clump of Xanthorrhoea:
Across the walkway, this Macrozamia johnsonii, about 4 M tall and wide. It gave the Agave vilmoriniana some competition in the grand and glorious category...
...as did this Juniperus scopulorum 'Rependens', an apparently fair substitute for the Kashmir cypress in hotter, drier locations:
So many plants, so little time.