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Carmichael, CA(Zone 9b)

Bought at the nursery, unmarked. Would like to know what it is. First two pics.... I also got a sharkskin (with about 8 pups) and a lovely americana variegata.

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Fountain Hills, AZ(Zone 9b)

Looks like A. seemanniana (aka A. pygmaea). They're very tender.

Baja California, Mexico(Zone 11)

More new agaves... you're on a roll. Can't help you on the ID question. Not sure that's an americana in the third pic, it looks sort of leafy compared to the ones around here. If it's a proper americana it will consume that entire area within a few years, especially if it gets regular water. Even if it doesn't. I planted one here that I don't water at all (6" rainfall this past year, with an 8 month-long drought), and it keeps on growing. A variegated americana can grow even bigger than the regular blue kind, which is already quite ample.

You can keep the Sharkskin on the dry side, and don't expect real fast growth there... my experience anyway. Here are three offsets I planted in the park a year and a half ago (biggest one was 3 gallon size upon release).

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Carmichael, CA(Zone 9b)

Thanks! I am questioning that "americana" one. It is so symmetrical and completely different than the one I already have. Mismarked does happen. Anyone know what it could be instead? The sharkskin is pretty in those pictures!

And, just great, I end up with another tender one. My poor poor attenuata bums me out. I must be more careful now I guess..... I was very bad about winter. I failed to cover all the work we did last summer. :(

Carmichael, CA(Zone 9b)

Ok, question... Tender how? To frost? Heat? I can't find much info....

Fountain Hills, AZ(Zone 9b)

Looks like stock A. americana marginata from here. It won't get as large nor grow as fast as plain Jane A. americana, but should still manage 5'-6' across some day.

Baja California, Mexico(Zone 11)

They get to 8-9'+ here. Are they "Aurea" then?

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Fountain Hills, AZ(Zone 9b)

Are you referring to the ones with the big super floppy leaves? If so, they do get enormous, but they are apparently variegated A. salmiana v. angustifolia, rather than A. americana.

Baja California, Mexico(Zone 11)

Well, that explains the difference then. Thank you. Quite a few of those around here.

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Fountain Hills, AZ(Zone 9b)

One of my favorite Agaves and on my want list. I'd take that over americana any day -- if I had the room! There is one in the area here about 7' tall and 12' across. It never pups, I've looked.

Windsor, CA(Zone 9b)

My 'Sharkskin' and x 'Sharkskin Shoes' are very slow growers, but the shoes puts out lots of pups. Thankfully they don't pup far from the parent; and take forever before they are large enough to be separated. xuling

Carmichael, CA(Zone 9b)

GermanStar, I have a bunch of pups on that one. Message me if you'd like one and I'll drop it the mail. :) I left the pups on it, they were just starting to sprout out. A lot of them!

Fountain Hills, AZ(Zone 9b)

One like this?

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Carmichael, CA(Zone 9b)

This one (you thought Aurea, right?).... I also have sharkskin pups.

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Carmichael, CA(Zone 9b)

Here are better pics. It has about 6 pups about to pop out.

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Carmichael, CA(Zone 9b)

See this is my americana... That's why the shape of this new one confused me. This one has not pupped yet, but when it does I'll gladly share.

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Fountain Hills, AZ(Zone 9b)

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Here are better pics. It has about 6 pups about to pop out.

Thanks, but that is just A. americana marginata as I had previously indicated, not the far more exotic A. salmiana v. angustifolia. Very different animal.

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Fountain Hills, AZ(Zone 9b)

Quote from kinym :
See this is my americana... That's why the shape of this new one confused me. This one has not pupped yet, but when it does I'll gladly share.


No, that appears to be A. salmiana v. angustifolia (hard to be certain at that small size, but it seems likely). In my small experience, they are very stingy puppers.

Carmichael, CA(Zone 9b)

Hahaha ok.... So the yellow one IS Americana. And the one I thought was Americana, a lovely gift from Domehomedee, is not Americana. PHEW! Very confusing. Got it.

Carmichael, CA(Zone 9b)

Dee had said it was pupping a lot, constantly spreading.... She may have more pups. It was quite a hit smaller in summer and has really taken off.

Fountain Hills, AZ(Zone 9b)

Just wait, it's only just starting. Looks like you gave it a lot of room, smart move.

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