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RosinaBloom

RosinaBloom
Waihi
New Zealand

December 18, 2012
8:13 PM

Post #9361921

Agave ID, please

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Rlalique
Bristol
United Kingdom

December 18, 2012
10:40 PM

Post #9361992

One of the named Agave azul vars? Or...tequiliana?

RosinaBloom

RosinaBloom
Waihi
New Zealand

December 18, 2012
11:57 PM

Post #9362001

Thank you, Rlalique, for ID of my 'Tequila'

palmbob

palmbob
Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)


December 19, 2012
11:07 AM

Post #9362317

I am pretty sure that is NOT Agave tequiliana... that species has vicious spines long the leaves that are among the worst of all Agaves (super sharp and hard to get out of the skin!)... I see no spines on your plant at all. It is a curious blue coloration. Agave sisalana looks exactly like your plant only not usually so blue. Perhaps a blue form of it?

Domehomedee

Domehomedee
Arroyo Grande, CA
(Zone 9a)

December 19, 2012
5:44 PM

Post #9362622

I agree with palmbob, I have an agave tequilana and although the color is the same it does have side spines and it doesn't droop like the one pictured.

RosinaBloom

RosinaBloom
Waihi
New Zealand

December 19, 2012
7:43 PM

Post #9362705

palmbob, Domehomedee,

Thank you for your time and expertise with my 'Agave Tequilana' which I will have moved into the 'Agave sisalana' file.

RosinaBloom

RosinaBloom
Waihi
New Zealand

December 19, 2012
8:58 PM

Post #9362735

I am still not sure what my plant is, as it does not have a trunk.
The comment for 'Agave sisalana' states that IT has a trunk.

palmbob

palmbob
Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)


December 20, 2012
6:44 AM

Post #9362892

it EVENTUALLY trunks... has to get older/larger to develop one. Many agaves trunk eventually (though the definition of a trunk is not clear... is a stem of 6" a trunk?).

RosinaBloom

RosinaBloom
Waihi
New Zealand

December 21, 2012
5:57 PM

Post #9364217

This is just growing out of the ground. There is no stalk at its base.
Come in Mexico!!!

vitrsna

vitrsna
Colima
Mexico
(Zone 11)

December 21, 2012
9:10 PM

Post #9364351

Mexico here, Rosina but too embarrassed to participate. I can say that it is a beautiful agave. Actually I haven't paid much attention to agaves since i have lived here...i think because they are soooo common and also are not a plant of choice for a butterfly garden. my ignorance knows no bounds, i am so ashamed. Lots of agaves in sidewalk planting strips but i think they are mostly tequilanas. i'll pay more attention as i am walking around and will let you know if i come up with something.

RosinaBloom

RosinaBloom
Waihi
New Zealand

December 22, 2012
12:51 AM

Post #9364396

OK Mexico, invite some of your friends to the party!

palmbob

palmbob
Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)


December 22, 2012
7:54 AM

Post #9364589

There is not stalk at its base.. yet. I had an Agave sisalana for 7 years (until a motorcyclist mowed it down last year) and it had no signs of a trunk until the year it got chopped down (and then only noticable as a 6" trunk after it was mowed over). I have seen many Agave sisalanas at botanical gardens and in none can you appreciate any amount of trunk at this time, despite some even flowering already. So a trunk is only a potential characteristic...not a certainty. Still, the blue coloration is odd for Agave sisalana, so it might also be Agave weberi- some forms have no lateral leaf spines at all.

RosinaBloom

RosinaBloom
Waihi
New Zealand

December 22, 2012
6:05 PM

Post #9365059

Sorry about your 'poor old' 7yr old Agave sisalana!
Yes - Agave wiberi is looking good. Thank you for that, palmbob.

Somethin' told me that somethin' wasn't quite right...
until now, that is.

RosinaBloom

RosinaBloom
Waihi
New Zealand

January 18, 2013
10:53 AM

Post #9389240

Still a question mark around this!??
ratchell26
Jacksonville, FL

January 20, 2013
10:30 AM

Post #9391274

Rosina, it looks a lot like my Agave weberi did when it was young. No stalk and as it got older the lower leaves twisted a bit. It also has really fine teeth and is very bluish.

RosinaBloom

RosinaBloom
Waihi
New Zealand

January 20, 2013
5:36 PM

Post #9391730

My leaves are smooth without teethed edges -
unlike the Agave weberi photo from the internet enclosed.
Thank you, ratchell26 - I'd like to get this one diagnosed!

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Msheppard06
Huntington Beach, CA

May 14, 2013
10:01 PM

Post #9521023

Rosina, that last one looks like an Agave franzosinii

RosinaBloom

RosinaBloom
Waihi
New Zealand

May 16, 2013
1:13 AM

Post #9522290

Msheppard06, thank you for resurrecting this thread!
I'm going to go with Sisal agave Sisalana.

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