Plant ID forum: Agave or Aloe?

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Name: Treehugger
Hanover Twp, PA (Zone 6a)
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treehugger
Feb 26, 2016 6:20 PM CST
Any idea what this is. I was sure it was an aloe but my friend said it is an agave?
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Feb 26, 2016 7:07 PM CST
I am in the Agave camp. Smiling
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Name: Thijs van Soest
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mcvansoest
Feb 26, 2016 7:46 PM CST
Most definitely an Agave.
Young Aloe leaves grow from short beginnings to become longer and up from the center of the plant, while new Agave leaves unfurl from the center growth spike pretty close to full grown length.
AFAIK Aloes do not have distinct terminal spines - they might have pointy, sometimes sharp, leaf ends, but most if not all Agaves have very distinct needle like terminal spines in some shape or form, like this plant clearly does. The leaf edge teeth are also completely Agave-like on this plant.
Exactly which Agave this might be is harder to say.
Name: Treehugger
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treehugger
Feb 26, 2016 8:10 PM CST
Thank you for the details on how to ID. Hurray!
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Feb 26, 2016 8:39 PM CST
You are right!! I never thought about the difference in leaf growth/unfolding between Aloes and Agaves before. Thanks for the botany lesson! Thank You!
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost
Name: Treehugger
Hanover Twp, PA (Zone 6a)
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treehugger
Feb 27, 2016 6:49 AM CST
The only way I find to learn about new plants is to ask people who grow the plants and those who know more than I do and are willing to share. Thanks again.
Name: Dave Paul
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Metrosideros
Feb 27, 2016 10:04 PM CST
Looks vloike a young Agave Americana.
Name: Treehugger
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treehugger
Feb 28, 2016 7:36 AM CST
Thanks Dave I'll check it out.

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