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May 19, 2020 2:40 PM CST
Name: Arnie
Southern California (Zone 10a)
Got seed for this a long time ago. The seed was supposed to be Yucca elata, but this does not seem close to it. Here's a picture of its shrub-like growth of about 25 years and one of its flowers. I've never watered it and this is the first year it has flowered.
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May 19, 2020 4:19 PM CST
Name: Gina
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I don;t think its a yucca. I think its an agave called Agave geminiflora 'Rasta Man'
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May 19, 2020 6:35 PM CST
Name: Baja
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It is not an agave if it survived flowering. I do not recognize the plant, though.
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May 19, 2020 7:09 PM CST
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I was thinking filamentosa until I saw the flower. Confused
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May 19, 2020 7:21 PM CST
Name: Gina
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Hmmm....we have a plant here in Florida that looks a whole lot like that which is a native plant. Everyone says it is an agave. Maybe they are wrong.
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May 19, 2020 8:22 PM CST
Name: Thijs van Soest
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If that is the flower, it would suggest it is not Agave geminiflora (rasta man or other). It looks like a really well opened Yucca flower to me. Maybe something along the lines of hesperoyucca?

Any chance you get us pictures of the inflorescence and a slightly more zoomed out picture of the plant?
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May 19, 2020 8:22 PM CST
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Shrug! I'm not good with IDing either tbh! I have a few Y. filamentosa, so that's all I recognize, lol.

But agaves here take a long time to die after flowering.
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May 19, 2020 8:24 PM CST
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geminiflora tends to be in the grey zone with regards to being monocarpic, but the flower itself is wrong for it to be an Agave Geminiflora.
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May 19, 2020 9:47 PM CST
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Hesperaloe funifera
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May 20, 2020 1:38 PM CST
Name: Arnie
Southern California (Zone 10a)
mcvansoest said:If that is the flower, it would suggest it is not Agave geminiflora (rasta man or other). It looks like a really well opened Yucca flower to me. Maybe something along the lines of hesperoyucca?

Any chance you get us pictures of the inflorescence and a slightly more zoomed out picture of the plant?


Thank you everybody for your replies. Below are some additional pictures.

The plant is about 9 feet wide (with multiple offsets), 6 feet tall (leaves) and inflorescence is about 12 feet tall. The wind blew the Inflorescence over and it got trapped under an Ocotillo branch and I had to tie it up for the picture. The inflorescence should be straight up.

I gave a seedling to a friend, who lives about one mile from me and his plant is more than twice the size of mine, but he waters his every two weeks and I've never watered mine. In addition his has been flowering since the second year he planted it.

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May 20, 2020 2:37 PM CST
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Could it be a variety of Hesperaloe??
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May 20, 2020 2:58 PM CST
Name: Arnie
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plantladylin said:Could it be a variety of Hesperaloe??


I doubt it. Hesperaloe is a much smaller plant and the flower is much different. But I could be wrong.
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May 20, 2020 3:24 PM CST
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Well, it still reminds me of Hesperaloe but I'm a Florida gal who is more familiar with humidity loving, tropical plants. Smiling

The New Mexico False Yucca (Hesperaloe funifera) is said to grow to 6 feet in height. For comparison, here are a couple of photos from our database:

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May 20, 2020 4:06 PM CST
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Stefan thought that's what it was, a Hesperaloe.
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May 20, 2020 5:04 PM CST
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That is the regular Hesperaloe larger brother/sister. I think Stefan nailed it. Those plants get bigger in all directions with very tall arching inflorescences.
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May 20, 2020 5:06 PM CST
Name: Gina
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plantladylin said:Well, it still reminds me of Hesperaloe but I'm a Florida gal who is more familiar with humidity loving, tropical plants. Smiling

The New Mexico False Yucca (Hesperaloe funifera) is said to grow to 6 feet in height. For comparison, here are a couple of photos from our database:



I think this is what we have that people call the 'native agave'. I have these on my property
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May 20, 2020 5:11 PM CST
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Rolling on the floor laughing I must have scanned past a lot of posts because I missed @skopjecollection post where he identified the plant in question. *Blush* Stefan is a great asset to this site, he is really good at identifying so many plants! Thanks Stefan! Thumbs up
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May 20, 2020 5:15 PM CST
Name: Baja
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Info here from the Irish book: H. funifera is native to Val Verde County, Texas as well as Coahuila, Nuevo León and San Luis Potosí in north-central Mexico. It can be resolved from similar looking yuccas based on the absence of a terminal spine (as well as straight filaments and an offsetting habit). It is very similar to H. campanulata, which has shorter leaves: 24-40 inches vs. 3.75 to 6 feet.
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May 20, 2020 5:20 PM CST
Name: Arnie
Southern California (Zone 10a)
I want to thank everyone who identified the plant as Hesperaloe funifera. I spent time looking it up and it certainly appears to be a correct ID.

What threw me off was decades ago a much smaller plant with different characteristics was referred to as H. funifera. Plant names change with times and it appears my mind was stuck in a time warp.

That said, thanks for setting me straight
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