The Agave collection grows, since I try to add a couple new varieties or species each year. There are so many forms available, that a collection just keeps getting nicer every year as new forms are introduced. Don't be fooled by catalog pages where many types look alike, once you get each in a container, they are all unique and beautiful when displayed outdoors in the summer. Long lived ( a century? maybe with some!) and easy to please, these are indeed, succulents that don't suck. But they do prick you! So if you have small children or a new puppy like use, keep these plants in a safe location, for the spines are dangerous, and they can poke an eye out, or get jammed into a finger joint - don't ask!
Agave tourmeyana ssp. bella
This Arizona native is small enough for a rock garden.
This un named form of a Mexican species has spines like sharks teeth. This is one of the newer species introduced, reportedly more hardy than other species, since it was collected at high elevations in the northern mountains of Mexico. For us, it is still an winter tender variety.
Agave parryi 'Cream Spike'
The experts seem to be informing the few growers of this variety that it may not indeed be A. parryi, which makes sense to me, since it is so small, practically miniature. A mature plant is said to be 1 foot in diameter, but my plant is barely 6 inches. It is a beautuful potted Agave, and it adds a different dimension to a potted collection of Agaves.
Agave 'Kissho Kan', or Lucky Crown Century Plant, is a Japanese selection somewhat new to cultivation in the west. Not as large as Agave americana, this form stays smaller than 18" when mature. It's form is compact, and it is very attractive in nice, terra cotta pots.
Agave lophantha 'Quadricolor'
Agave lophantha 'Quadricolor' grows slowly, and it is expensive, but as you can see, this three year old specimen is ready for repotting, and, some 'pups' are starting to emerge. The undersides of the leaf is not as colorful as the top, where stripes of yellow, lime and green give the plant it's name ( although, I think I would have named it 'tricolor' but that's just me).
A quick upgrade, and some fresh soild, and this Mexican native, Agave lophantha is ready to be returned to the gravel garden for the rest of the summer, where it can fill it's pot, and hopefully give 'birth' so a few more babies.
The final potted Agave lopantha 'Quadricolor' in a new Guy Wolf & Co. pot.
Not an Agave, but a Mangave. Related, and similar looking, this is a different genus, but I grow them with the Agaves since spots always go well with stripes.
Agave americana, again, two different forms.
One of the many clones of the yellow-edged forms of Agave americana, this form came to us from a plant sale in Vermont, and is quickly becoming a specimen plant. I love the combination of pale grey green, and light butter yellow together.