October update: Mangave ‘Bloodspot’ and Agave desmettiana ‘Variegata’
As you may remember from an earlier post, one of my Mangave ‘Bloodspot’ (Agave macroacantha × Manfreda maculosa) had gone into flower and the 5x5 ft. Agave desmettiana ‘Variegata’ by the front door was looking like it would, too.
Time for an update to see how the two of them are doing!
The flower spike on the Mangave ‘Bloodspot’ reached its final height in early September. Since then the flowers have been opening from the bottom to the top. They aren’t the most attractive, but they provide nourishment for the bees. I’ve even seen hummingbirds trying to feed on them.
Mangave ‘Bloodspot’ on October 10, 2014
Mangave ‘Bloodspot’ on October 11, 2014; the pot was blown over by strong winds
Mangave ‘Bloodspot’ flowers on October 11, 2014. Personally, I don’t think the flowers are all that special. But they’re loaded with pollen, and they attract a fair amount of bees and even hummingbirds.
Mangave ‘Bloodspot’ flowers on October 11, 2014
The Agave desmettiana ‘Variegata’ has been very busy since early September. You can follow the emergence of the flower spike in this sequence of photos.
LEFT: September 10 RIGHT: September 18
LEFT: September 23 RIGHT: September 25
LEFT: October 11 RIGHT: October 15
Today, the flower spike is 7½ feet tall and has a diameter of 3½ inches. The first flowers are now becoming visible.
October 15. The first flowers are emerging.
It’s very convenient that this agave is right next to the front door. That makes keeping track of its progress very easy!