Starburst agave -- NOT!

roselee z8b S.W. TexasMay 2, 2012

On the thread about the SAS Nursery in Austin a photo of an unknown plant purchased there was posted. Rick in Oklahoma, who got me started with Pink pentapetes, ID'd it for us. It's a cactus! Who'd a thunk it? It's thornless however and not very common even in its native habitat of Northern Mexico.

There is just no end to interesting plants in the world!

Here is a link that might be useful: Leuchtenbergia principis ....

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beachplant(9b)

thanks for the ID, I have one of these I picked up years ago, it's awful slow growing for me.
Tally HO!

    Bookmark   May 3, 2012 at 9:42AM
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roselee z8b S.W. Texas

Thanks go to Rick of course. According to the link it's tender and will only take a few hours at 32 degrees. How has yours fared in that department?

I think it's interesting how desert plants evolved to protect themselves in their difficult growing conditions. This one, lacking thorns, evidentally disguises itself as a dead plant with the bunch of dead material at the end of its arms.

Kathy, I know what you're thinking ... LOL :-)

    Bookmark   May 3, 2012 at 9:59AM
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carrie751(z7/8 TX)

I'm with Kathy, Roselee............LOL>

    Bookmark   May 4, 2012 at 8:25AM
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plantmaven(8b/9a TX)

If absolutely necessary, I could probably live with that one.
I grew up in S. TX 5 miles from the Rio Grande river, where cacti is very "abundant". Then we lived in AZ for 5 years.

    Bookmark   May 4, 2012 at 9:31AM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

I killed mine.and never replaced it.

    Bookmark   May 4, 2012 at 9:35AM
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roselee z8b S.W. Texas

Wow Kathy! From you, a lover of beautiful and gentle flowers, that's saying a lot ... LOL

Anyway somebody has to love the funny looking little orphans .... :-)

And at least it isn't stickery and has pretty blooms several times a year.

    Bookmark   May 4, 2012 at 9:43AM
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carrie751(z7/8 TX)

I am willing to let you be that person, Roselee.....LOL>

    Bookmark   May 4, 2012 at 9:46AM
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roselee z8b S.W. Texas

Hahaha! But it's so homely it's cute! Plus being very clever to disguise itself as a bunch of dead grass to keep from being eaten. How fascinating are the ways plants and animals develop strategies which enable them to survive. That goes for people too :-)

    Bookmark   May 4, 2012 at 2:22PM
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