Out with Agave ‘Mad Cow’, in with Agave gypsicola
Agave 'Mad Cow', a hybrid between Agave bovicornuta and Agave colorata, began to flower in the driveway bed earlier this year:
|Agave 'Mad Cow' on May 31, 2020|
I waited for seeds, but there were none (being a hybrid, it may be sterile). Hoping for some offsets, I left the dying rosette in place until last weekend when I decided it was time to remove the carcass. Would there be some pups underneath the mess of desiccated leaves?
|September 26, 2020|
|Newly planted Agave gypsicola|
Rare Palm Seeds also has a photo of a mature Agave gypsicola taken in habitat. If my ungainly youngster ends up looking half as beautiful, I'll be thrilled!This marvelous, moderately-sized, solitary Agave has been described as a new species in 2019 from a small site in dry scrubland on gypsisols along the Verde river between 1300 and 1600 m in western Oaxaca, Mexico. It is most closely related to Agave guiengola and forms a moderately dense rosette of up to 40 very broad, ovate to nearly rounded, pale bluish leaves that are finely armed with very attractive, small, reddish-brown teeth along the margins. The tall inflorescence is unbranched. Even though locally common, because of its very limited distribution and due to human activities, it is considered endangered in habitat. In cultivation it is one of the most desirable Agave and will easily adapt to a wide range of conditions in warm temperate and dry tropical climates.
|Photo from Rare Palm Seeds|
|Agave parrasana (front), Aloe helenae (left), Aloe mawii × globuligemma (right)|
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