Today is National Agave Day!

Did you know that today, July 23, is National Agave Day? 

Yes, today is the first-ever National Agave Day, following the official proclamation by writer Loree Bohl on her agave-licious blog, the danger garden. As Loree says:

By the power vested in me, as the originator of the #agavesaremyfavorite hashtag and lover of all things agave I hereby declare July 23rd to be National Agave Day! Wherein all agaves everywhere will be celebrated. Every year on July 23rd there will be parades, purchasing of agaves and planting parties dedicated to the love of this most fabulous spiky plant. Celebrate #nationalagaveday!!! 

As a card-carrying agave aficionado, I second her declaration with great gusto and enthusiasm. Let's embrace #nationalagaveday and raise a toast to the queen of succulents, the majestic agave! If you drink alcohol, an agave-based adult beverage involving tequilamescal, or raicilla is a no-brainer, but if you don't, there are plenty of delectable non-alcoholic alternatives using agave syrup.

To celebrate National Agave Day, here is a random selection of agave photos:

Agave macroacantha

Agave 'Blue Glow' (bottom) and 'Blue Flame' (top)

Agave striata

Agave striata

Agave ocahui

Agave victoriae-reginae

Agave victoriae-reginae

Agave nickelsiae

Agave parryi var. huachucensis and Agave filifera

Agave applanata 'Cream Spike'

Agave 'Ripple Effect', a variegated sport of 'Mr. Ripple'

Agave titanota

Agave attenuata 'Ray of Light'

Agave attenuata 'Boutin Blue'

Agave parrasana

Agave guadalajarana 'Leon'

Agave potatorum

Agave simplex in habitat in Arizona's Waterman Mountains

Agave bovicornuta

Agave bovicornuta

Agave cupreata

Agave xylonacantha

Agave ovatifolia

Agave sp. and Agave parryi var. truncata

Agave franzosinii and Agave impressa

Agave salmiana var. ferox 'Mediopicta'

Agave mitis 'Chocolate Edge' at the Ruth Bancroft Garden, sadly now bloomed out

The fact that the vast majority of agaves die after producing a massive flower stalk is even more reason to celebrate now!

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  1. Excellent! Great pics of many varieties of this most amazing plant. So worthy of a day of celebration.

  2. Fantastic photos but, with your ample collection, I wouldn't have expected otherwise. Happy National Agave Day!

  3. Such an extraordinary collection of agave photos Gerhard! Close-up details, the whole plant, and multiple plants... all gorgeous. Is the Agave guadalajarana 'Leon' yours?


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