Pink Agave

ilovetogrow z9 Jax FloridaMay 18, 2012

I was gifted this agave and what a color show it is putting on. Thank you for looking and if you know ID please let me know. Paula

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ChemGardner(10a SWFL)

I dont _think_ its an agave. It looks a lot like a Hectia (a terrestrial bromeliad) to me.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2012 at 5:25AM
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rosemariero6(z10 /ss24 So. Calif.)

I, too, think this is a type of Hechtia. Sorry, I do not know which species. Beautiful plant!

    Bookmark   May 18, 2012 at 11:27AM
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Wow, I feel like I'm in a whole new world.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2012 at 12:11PM
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I've never seen anything like that before! It sure is gorgeous! How that red just inches up those leaves is fascinating. I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who sets little figurines in pots!

    Bookmark   May 18, 2012 at 1:52PM
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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

You may wish to read up on these as Agaves are succulents & Bromeliads are tropicals. Am guessing they'd want quite different care, likely different mixes too.

Very handsome plant, lucky you!

    Bookmark   May 18, 2012 at 3:11PM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

Many Hechtias are dryland plants and take similar care as Agaves, nolinas and yuccas. There are hectias that are hardy to Texas, or the Big Bend and the Rio Grande Valley. I am not sure about this one but I think there is a friend in San Antonio Texas that grows on similar. I think his was a bromeliad....not sure. Watchout for those leaves. They took a hunk out of him.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2012 at 8:48PM
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ilovetogrow z9 Jax Florida

wanton you are right about the leaves. The thorns go this way and that way up and down the sides. When you try to pull out you are hooked again. I built the 'Agave Welcome Center' around this plant as it is dangerous. I am adding to it again this weekend.

pirate girl this plant was growing like a weed around my MILs house. I took one and treat it like an agave with gritty mix. It has been growing like crazy.

Thank you both for the ID. I did not have a clue on what it truly was. And I do add decoration to my plants. I am still using my son's old toys and he is now 28. Have a great grow day, Paula

    Bookmark   May 19, 2012 at 10:31AM
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Coincidentally, the CSSA just posted a few photos of the Huntington Desert Gardens on FB, one of which was
Bromelia balanse. Looks a lot like the one you have Lovetogrow. I'm terrible at the cut and paste photo thing, so I attached a link. Could this be your plant?

Here is a link that might be useful: CSSA photo of Bromelia balense

    Bookmark   May 19, 2012 at 4:52PM
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ilovetogrow z9 Jax Florida

Arid it look like the same plant. If not a close cousin. Thank you for showing me this. Paula

Just added another 12" x 8' to the Agave Welcome Center. Moved a few around and it still looks like I have no room. lol

    Bookmark   May 19, 2012 at 5:28PM
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