Thursday, February 10, 2011

Agave 'Mr. Ripple'

Agave 'Mr. Ripple'

Did Georgia O'Keefe paint this agave?  It looks watercolored!  This one is growing in the Xeric Garden at the JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh.  Also known as Hardy Century Plant, 'Mr. Ripple' can withstand temperatures at least as low as about 12 degrees without too much damage  (according to Plant Delights Nursery, which is also in Raleigh).

If you love it and want to grow it, you should know:  Century plants die after blooming.   But there's good news:  The plants produce lots of babies as they're singing their swan song.  And, the blooms attract hummingbirds.  Anyway, yours will probably not bloom for years.  Don't count on it being a hundred, though; average life span is more like ten to twenty years.

Did you know tequila comes from an agave?  (Agave tequilana)

4 comments:

  1. There is a saying that if God drinks alcohol then he probably drinks tequila. Agave plant is kind of hard to grow, it takes many years.

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  2. I love the photo of Mr. Ripple. Agaves are pretty cool. Wanting to grow one in the front part of my yard.

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  3. I sure didn't know tequila came from the agave. They are beautiful plants, and thanks for all the information on them. I can say I learned something today. lol

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  4. I like these just as much as I like Juniper, from which my gin gets its flavor.

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