To the best of my recollection I've never seen a solitary Agave shawii. They're always in majestic clumps, like this.
As sometimes happens the blooming (bloomed) plant had a baby that followed the same schedule, although its bloomspike didn't quite hit the same highs.
I wonder what caused the burnt leaves?
From the San Marcos Growers website: "Agave shawii (Shaw's Agave) - A medium sized rosette-forming plant that grows to 2-3 feet tall in an upright fashion by 2 feet wide and suckers from the base to form large solid stands. The fleshy, dark gray-green leaves have large upwardly-curving and bent spines along the margin and a terminal spine. Plant in full sun to light shade (requires shade in inland hot climates). Little irrigation is required and regular summer irrigation is harmful to this plant. It is hardy to 25° F. An endangered species that is rare in southern California but more common in coastal northern Baja California. Great plant for massing at the top of a slope or at eye level where upright growth habit can be noted. It is also useful for adding green color into otherwise grayer succulent gardens."
It's a stunner...
They kind of resemble white eyelashes.
Really dangerous white eyelashes.
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