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Starburst agave -- NOT!

Posted by roselee z8 SW Texas (My Page) on
Wed, May 2, 12 at 13:02

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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RE: Starburst agave -- NOT!

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


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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 :-)


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


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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.


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I killed mine.and never replaced it.


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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.


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


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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 :-)


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