Confederate Rose? Help.

Jacksonville, FL(Zone 9a)

Hi all…I originally posted this on the plant ID forum, but thought that maybe this may be a better place… This plant (1st pic) was given to me by my BIL more than a year ago. It has not put on any new growth that I can tell, but is still alive. The second pic is one that he gave me a couple days ago. Says that it is the same plant. The first he called a Confederate Rose…Agave sp. The second he said is a pup from his original 'Confederate Rose'…aka. Agave sp.
So, my question is, What is it really…and is there possibly a difference in appearance and size because of growing conditions? And why has my baby in pic.1 not grown? After a year?
I did find Agave 'baja', in plant files, and it does appear to me to be what I have, in pic.#1. Any and all opinions are greatly appreciated! :-) Thanks so much for looking!

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Baja California, Mexico(Zone 11)

#1 could be 'Baja' aka 'Confederate Rose'
#2 does not look like it. Whatever it is, it looks like it's growing in too little light (long leaves, stemmy, floppy posture).

CR is not a real fast growing plant and it's very small compared to most agaves, so don't expect anything dramatic growth-wise. Best way to know if it's just sitting there or slowly creeping along is to compare pictures taken at different times. At least that's what I would do. The bright red spines at the center are a good sign. Check the roots out, inspect carefully for bugs down there. Once these plants are established they're pretty steady, and they offset at a good clip, so there should be plenty of pups to play with down the road. Good luck!

Akron, OH(Zone 5a)

#2 reminds me of my plant A.parryi, this plant has longish leaves

Or it could be A. parrasana but mine is a small growing dwarf agave

What do you think?

Jacksonville, FL(Zone 9a)

Thanks for your response! Baja_Costero, Great idea…taking pic's periodically, and checking out the root system. Might also be a good time to pot it in a Cacti/Succulent medium instead of a regular 'potting soil'. My BIL grows his indoors, so I'm thinking you're right…long leaves and floppy structure…to little light.
carpathiangirl, I sure do see similarities, more so with the A. parrasana.

Thank you both for your help, and it's nice to meet you!

Acton, CA(Zone 8b)

Neither are Agave parassana (which Confederate Rose was originally incorrectly identified as a form of)... more likely some form of Agave potatorum or a dwarf parryi but there has been much discussion as to what species these really are (see several discussions on But one thing was concluded beyond a doubt- not A parassana (which looks very different and is one of the most beautiful of all the Agaves). See the plant files under Agave parassana if you want to wowed by an incredible plant (few have the amazing leaf structure and symmetry of that plant).

Jacksonville, FL(Zone 9a)

Thanks so much, palmbob. I was hoping that you'd pop in here and let me know for sure. :-))) BTW…Your gardens are exquisite! I surely wouldn't call it a 'catastrophe'!!! :-)

Acton, CA(Zone 8b)

As for that second Agave, I have no idea what species that is, though it does appear too stretched to be easy to identify. Nice looking plant, though. How stiff are the leaves (can you bend them without breaking them? that is a useful description as many agaves have bendable leaves while others will snap in half at the last attempt to bend them)

Jacksonville, FL(Zone 9a)

Ahhh, Yes, the leaves are 'softer' than they may appear. Bend easily. I'll keep that description in mind for any future ID's. Thanks!

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