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Home > Products > Succulent Page > Ruth Bancroft Garden and Agave potatorum

  Ruth Bancroft Garden and Agave potatorum
 

Agave potatorum in the Ruth Bancroft Garden.
 
Another agave at the Ruth Bancroft Garden that was particularly interesting to me was Agave potatorum. Every time I note a individual of this plant I seem to see a different form. Some have straight terminal spines while others are wildly crooked (a friend of mine calls these gimlet or swizzle sticks), some have terminal spines that are a bright red, while others a dark brown. This one at the Ruth Bancroft Garden has straight reddish spines and is a stunning looking plant.
 

Agave potatorum from Tehuacan in the Ruth Bancroft Garden.
 
Another Agave potatorum at the Ruth Bancroft Garden was this beautiful ruffled-looking form that Brian Kemble collected south of Tehuacan. I am ever amazed at the variability of this species. We grow a seedling form of Agave potatorum that it very nice but would sure like to get my hands on a plant such as the one pictured below in a Santa Barbara Garden with the red gimlet stick terminal spines. It is most unfortunate that Agave potatorum is a solitary species that does not pup.
 

Swizzle stick Agave potatorum in a Santa Barbara garden.
 
More Garden Images at the Ruth Bancroft Garden