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More Agave Attenuate’s in Flower

21 August 2009 No Comment

agave-attenuata-flowering in MelbourneHere’s another magnificent agave attenuata in flower. While the blossom and magnolia trees are stunning in Melbourne at the moment these beautiful agave’s are quietly doing their thing.

agave-attenuata-flowering at Melbourne ZooThe photo below of yet another agave in flower is from the Melbourne zoo. I’m really looking for the day mine flower, or I should say the year mine flower, as their flowers last for so long.

These fantastic low maintenace succulents are originally from Central America. They require no watering so are incredibly drought tolerant. My original two flourished under my eves and have produced so many young pups that my garden is now full of these wonderful structural plants.

According to wikipediathe original specimens were sent to Kew by the explorer Caleotti in 1834, from an unspecified location in central Mexico. More recent study has reported it from Jalisco east to Mexico, in small colonies at elevations of 1,900 to 2,500 meters (6,200 to 8,200 ft), but there have been few sightings, suggesting this agave is rare in the wild.

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