These spiky beauties came to me via relatives in warmer (and drier) climates. They came with out names, and I would love to know what they are. These two, below and at the top, are from my in-laws property in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. They grow like weeds there, and get huge! Bloom spike falling, house-destroyingly huge. The in-laws refer to them as Century Plants, which of course is a common name, I am hoping to find out their actual name. I saw a very similar specimen on Digging and asked Pam about it, she believes it to be “plain old Agave Americana.” For some reason I find it funny to think that there is a “plain old Agave Americana,” I am used reading about the different varieties and fancy names. I guess I assumed there would be more to it. Is that it?
The rest came from Phoenix, Arizona. They are pups of nursery purchased plants. The leaves of this one are very thin, graceful and a beautiful grey/blue. The research that I have done has pointed me to Agave americana var. glauca, could that be right? There are actually 3 plants in the pot. They were tiny just 2 months ago, looks like I'll be separating them soon.
The ones below have dark green, thick leaves. They have grown substantially since I planted them, and it looks like they are going to need to be separated soon too. Any ideas on the name?
I love the sculptural form of this one (same type of agave as the above).
So what do you all think? Any ideas?