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Growing, Showing

September 11, 2010

Still growing, the agave potatorum stalk is now 80″ long …


Now showing: A delicate pinwheel-shaped night-bloomer, in white and pink.


Still growing; open trumpet

First: The agave potatorum’s panicles, or branches, have grown another 7-inches this week … and it’s not finished yet! There are still more buds at the top of the stalk, and the branches themselves are lengthening sinuously in the opposite direction. I was hoping the buds might be open enough at this point to hint at the coming blossom’s color, but I guess I’m just being antsy. It is getting harder to photograph this beanstalk without getting out the ladder since it’s way taller than I am now … for this post’s first picture, though, I went the other way, lying on my back at base of the agave’s pot and shooting straight up. (Tip: never lie on gravel in a tee-shirt!) At the base of the agave the lowest leaves are starting to dry out, foreshadowing its inevitable end … kinda sad, really. In the meantime I’ll continue to enjoy this amazing final performance.

Secondly: The fantastically snaky Monvillea spegazzinii I got at Mexican Hat cactus nursery last weekend, has bloomed! And, the flower’s even better than I thought it was going to be. When I first brought it home there were several long purple/pink buds along the branches, but they were all tightly closed. Now, the purple’s still there, but it’s playing backup to the frilly white central petals, that have a resemblance to those of the night-blooming Cereus. Adding further interest to the star-shaped white petals are a number of lengthy yellow-tipped stamens jutting from the greenish center. A side view shows that the bud’s long trumpet-shape is still there, and just as colorful. Truly gorgeous, front and back; and an amazing feature among the whipping, sometimes-crested, snake-like branches — I feel so lucky to have this plant in my collection. LIke most succulent blooms, these lovelies are temporal. Thankfully, there are still more buds unopened, ensuring I’ll have more of these beauties to enjoy soon. Both these awesome succulents exemplify what I love most about these plants: the element of surprise and delight their constantly changing growth and blooming provokes. Thanks for sharing the amazement with me …

8 Comments leave one →
  1. September 12, 2010 12:10 am

    Thank you for sharing!!! The Monvillea spegazzinii is amazing in bloom. Usually I tend to like plants of this type better when they are not blooming. This one looks even cooler in bloom! As for the agave…*sigh* it’s beautiful. That first shot is just amazing!

    The pup you sent me…I wrapped a moist towel around the base while I decide what container to plant it in (I think in a tribute to you I need to visit a thrift shop sometime soon)…and you should see the big thick roots it’s sent out, in just a week! Amazing…

    • reubix1 permalink*
      September 12, 2010 12:13 am

      That’s my pup! I can’t wait to see what container you find for Junior, Loree …

  2. mattisalomaki permalink
    September 12, 2010 5:13 pm

    Agreed, that Monvillea spegazzinii is cool. May I say you did a great job matching container to the plant too.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      September 12, 2010 5:32 pm

      Yes, you may — thanks, Matti!

  3. September 13, 2010 8:50 am

    Fabulous bloom! Hope you have some babies to take the place of this beautiful agave!

    Take care,

    • reubix1 permalink*
      September 13, 2010 11:59 am

      Actually, the babes were sent off to new cooler homes in Portland, Oregon and San Francisco … but I have something else in mind for that spot when the time comes

  4. June 11, 2011 9:57 pm

    Monvillea spegazzinii – total plant lust.
    You lucky man!

  5. reubix1 permalink*
    June 11, 2011 10:02 pm

    It is to die-for, right?

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