Plant ID forum: agave or bromeliad?

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Name: Jonna
Mérida, Yucatán, México (Zone 13a)
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extranjera
Aug 14, 2013 9:24 PM CST
I saw these at a nursery yesterday and I'm wondering if anyone can ID them? I have too many small agave but these are really tempting, love the pattern on the leaves. I was guessing they were agave but now I also wonder if perhaps they are bromeliads?


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Name: Jay
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Horntoad
Aug 14, 2013 9:36 PM CST
I think it is a variety of cryptanthus bromeliad.

Cryptanthus (Cryptanthus zonatus)
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Name: Jonna
Mérida, Yucatán, México (Zone 13a)
Garden Procrastinator The WITWIT Badge Region: Mexico I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Ponds Tropicals
Enjoys or suffers hot summers Plumerias Plays in the sandbox Dog Lover Cat Lover
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extranjera
Aug 14, 2013 9:46 PM CST
Bingo!!! I think you hit it dead on Jay Hurray!

I'm kind of sorry it is a bromeliad as I am very good at killing those. Odd in that there are quite a few that are native to this area but apparently not to my backyard. I've tried mounting them on trees or sticks and putting them in the ground. The first way they shrivel up and die and the second way they rot. Shrug!
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