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I am not a professional nor an expert in Agave taxonomy. Any help with ID and spelling are always welcome. Photos are for reference only. To up-date my list I've been using many books, journals, catalogs and other web-sites. It's been helpful, but I have more work to do. I only ship to the main 48 States. No international shipping. Please read the front page for ordering information.

Agave

   Agave patonii alba marginata (Cream Spike Agave) - A small rosette-forming succulent that grows to only 4 inches tall by about 6 inches wide with olive green leaves margined with cream-colored edges and dark brown spines. In this collection there was an identical plant labeled Agave patonii 'Dwarf Variegata'. These plants and other similar cultivars are also sometimes labeled with names such Agave minima 'Variegata', Agave pattonii marginata or 'Alba Marginata' but all such names are invalid due to rules of nomenclature - cultivars described after 1959 cannot have Latinized cultivar names. The late Rick Nowakowski of Natures Curiosity Shop told us that he grew this plant since the late 1980's and indicated that he first received it as Agave pattonii marginata from Japan but the actual introduction date and original breeder has not been determined. Agave patonii has more recently been subsumed into Agave parryi but there are many that don't believe this plant to be a cultivar of Agave parryi; Brian Kemble at the Ruth Bancroft Garden suggests it may be a cultivar of Agave applanata and this suggestion seems quite plausible to us. Noted agavephile Greg Starr agrees and has taken to list this plant as a cultivar of this species. Until such time as we can retrace its origins we have decided to call this beauty Agave 'Cream Spike'.) 3 larger @ $15.00 each & 10 smaller @ $10.00 each

   Agave pumila (Agave pumila (Miniature Agave) - A very slow unusual agave that has dimorphic stages, growing for many years in juvenile form as a small suckering rosette with individual rosettes that are only 2 to 4 inches across with short smooth stubby gray-green leaves that are deeply concave above and check-striped below with small weak marginal and terminal spines. As the plant matures it forms a few-leafed, open, and solitary rosette that has leaves that are paler and elongated to 16-18 inches long and that have white leathery margins and a stout short dark brown terminal spine. This plant is not known to have ever flowered and, in fact, its entire origin is quite a mystery. The neotype specimen used by Howard Scott Gentry to describe this plant in 1963 for his book “Agaves of Continental North America” was a plant in cultivation at the Huntington Botanic Garden. Gentry noted that when John Baker first described this plant in 1888 he did so from a plant growing at the Royal Horticultural Gardens at Kew which had been obtained from De Smet, a Dutch plant trader, in 1879. Gentry speculated that if it were of hybrid origin that he would suspect it a cross between Agave lechuguilla and Agave victoriae-reginae and in his book he includes a statement from Charlie Glass agreeing with this hypothesis and noting that if this were the case that he thought it might be from the north edge of Laguna de la Viesca where a dwarf form of Agave victoriae-reginae and Agave lechuguilla were both collected. This plant is most often sold as a collector curiosity in its juvenile form as a potted specimen but it is also an attractive agave as it matures.) 10 in stock @ $13.00 each

  Agave stricta 'Nana' (Dwarf Hedgehog Agave) - (A small agave that grows slowly to form symmetrical rosettes 6 to 10 inches tall and wide of narrow pale green spine-tipped leaves with tiny teeth along the margins that are more rough than sharp to the touch. With time new offsets form at the base from short rhizomes to create attractive tightly packed colonies. Occasionally a rosette will flower with a tall, sometimes crooked stalk, rising well above the foliage in late summer. The rosette of the flowering plant dies off but is quickly replaced by surrounding ones. An attractive and dramatic looking plant that is great as a container subject or planted in a rock garden or along a slope. There is certain amount of disagreement in agave circles about the valid name for this plant. Some consider it a variety or cultivar of Agave stricta while others suggest it a synonym for Agave petrophila, but side by side these two differ considerably with A. stricta 'Nana' having a narrower and much lighter green colored leaves. Habitat: Agave stricta is native to the Tehuacan Valley of southern Puebla and northern Oaxaca, in Mexico.) 10 in stock @ $10.00 each 

 

  Agave vilmoiniana crest (I have been growing this crest/monstore form for about 40 years. I got it from Natures Curiosity Shop. They will make fans with many heads. It stays on the small side compared to the moral form. Sometime people think is a Bromiead. This agave was named in honor of M. Maurice Vilmorin, whose garden at Barres (now the Arboretum des Barres) was where Alwin Berger, the author of the first monograph on Agave, first saw this plant. Habitat - Mexican states of Sonora, Durango, Jalisco and Aquascalientes. 10 in stock @ $15.00 each

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