(Note: no Agaves were harmed in the making of this photo)
Not all agaves are suited for hot, humid Houston. Some will rot, some will freeze, and some are from the higher mountains of Mexico and don't like the lowlands.
These agaves are mostly new and have not been through a Houston winter.
Agave celsii is a smmooooth agave. I've tried to find one locally for 3 years.
I got this one as a Father's Day gift from a Wal-mart in Katy!
Agave desmettiana variegata
I bought this one because it was much more heavily variegated than any I'd seen. Most have only a thin yellowish band along the leaf. Also, one of the pups is pure yellow. Worth watching!
This picture does not capture it's great form. The leaves have smooth edges and feel like green pencils that are a bit flattened (convex). It will develop some nice threads along the leaves as it grows larger.
Agave bracteosa 'Calamar' (?)
Calamar is the most popular version, so I'm guessing this is what I bought.
It will tolerate shade a bit more than other agaves. It is slow growing and the leaves are VERY brittle.
I broke off two when I planted it. No spikes or needles.
Another unusual agave.
Are there any agaves I don't have? Of course! All collectors have a wish list. But for now, I'm happy with growing these new editions to Tropical Texana. BTW: All made it through endless days of rain without a sign of rot. They love our current heat wave. Glad someone does. :-(