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Name: Sweetwind
SF Bay Area (Zone 10b)
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Sweetwind
Jul 28, 2017 11:44 AM CST
I have had this plant for a while well over 5 years but am not sure what it is - the central plant has not gotten much taller but has gotten wider and offset. It got chewed on by snails one year and this year I repotted it and now it is offsetting again yay. It seems to be an agave? So far it has not flowered. Thank You!
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Name: Baja
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Baja_Costero
Jul 28, 2017 11:48 AM CST

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Yes, that is a lovely agave.

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Name: Thijs van Soest
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mcvansoest
Jul 28, 2017 12:54 PM CST
I agree with Baja, but would not off hand know which one.

Another resource with a large gallery of Agave pictures by species is at: Agaveville.org or at agavaceae.com.

Name: Sweetwind
SF Bay Area (Zone 10b)
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Sweetwind
Jul 28, 2017 10:27 PM CST
Those are great resources. Thank you both. It's still a bit hard to know which one it might be, given it's smaller in a pot and some seem to look differently depending where they are. But it is fun to look at all the pictures and narrow it down. They are beautiful plants! I also realised that they are monocarpic, like aeoniums, so I suppose I should not hope to see a flower too soon, before it enjoys a good life.
Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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Baja_Costero
Jul 28, 2017 11:02 PM CST

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I would think you have a few years left. To give you some perspective, here is a blue agave I have on the patio (different from yours but similar in size and clumping behavior). Recently repotted to its final container and due to be dissembled this fall.

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The mother plant (actually grandmother, but who's counting) arrived here about the size of the clump in that picture. I separated all the offsets on arrival and kept the biggest, parent plant as a solitary individual. That rosette never got bigger than about 8 inches wide (the black pot in the picture measures 10.5 inches). About five years later, after being in the ground for a couple of years, she flowered. The flowers were okay but not overly spectacular. Compared to the size of the plant the inflorescence was of course huge (a few feet tall).

The main attraction for me is the color and the shape and the offsetting. Smiling These are fun plants for propagation, and if you were ambitious enough and had the right space for it, they could even be used for a sort of spiny groundcover when planted in groups with the right spacing.
Name: Sweetwind
SF Bay Area (Zone 10b)
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Sweetwind
Jul 29, 2017 11:43 AM CST
What a beautiful plant. I love that color, it does seem to have similar habits to mine but the central plant looks more green. I will probably try to make a new plant when the pot gets cramped, I like how they look offsetting in the pot.
Name: Sweetwind
SF Bay Area (Zone 10b)
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Sweetwind
Jul 31, 2017 7:03 PM CST
Hum...after some investigations I have a hunch it /might/ be an artichoke agave - parryi truncata. It says the are bluish but I also see pictures of them more green like mine. At any rate, I have now found out much more about agaves and how to take care of them and appreciate them.

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