Friday, January 4, 2013
Agave x leopoldii And So Forth
Described as a garden hybrid between Agave filifera and Agave schidigera (now A. filifera ssp. schidigera) by Alwin Berger in his 1915 “Die Agaven”.
This Agave was a seven footer: (2.2 M)
This one was even bigger, with a beautiful A. parryi truncata in front of the monster:
This was small but made up for it in beauty:
The Huntington has a lot of Agaves, but not anywhere near as exhaustive a collection on public display (who knows what treasures they have hidden away) as the Aloes.
If ever you visit the Huntington, I recommend a sunny day in winter. The sun being at a lower angle makes for more beautiful viewing, and many Aloes are in bloom, with hummingbirds zipping everywhere. Further, it's deliciously warm in the Desert Garden instead of roasting blisteringly hot.
Other plants besides Aloes are in bloom...
The Mammilarias were just starting:
And the light enabled everything to glow with life.