Agave x striphantha

When creating hybrids, especially with plants like agaves, it takes many years to know exactly what the offspring will look like. We have a pretty good guess, since we’ve done this for so long, but here’s an updated photo of … Continue reading

Hardy Agave for Your Garden

There are many agave that are hardy in our Zone 7b garden that many people would not think would live here. The key to successfully growing agaves is proper siting, planting, and culture. These are pictures taken this week of … Continue reading

Agave ‘Leaping Lizards’

For our agave collectors, here’s a new drool-worthy introduction…a variegated edge sport of Agave geminiflora, called ‘Leaping Lizards’. This is an amazing opportunity to obtain a truly rare specimen…as long as they last. While Agave geminiflora isn’t terribly winter hardy, … Continue reading

New – Agave ‘Durango Fandango

This spring, we introduced a new seed strain of century plant, named Agave ‘Durango Fandango’.  These arose from a cross made by one of our volunteer agave curators, Mike Papay.  Agave flexispina pollen was applied to a hardy selection of … Continue reading

Agave Mountain Man – the big moment

We posted this a few weeks ago as our Agave ‘Mountain Man’ (A. gentryi x montana) prepared to open. We’ll, the big moment is here…below are a few shot from today. The seed were wild-collected in Mexico in the late … Continue reading

A View from the top – Agave flowering soon

Look what showed up in the garden.  Our specimen of Agave ‘Mountain Man’…a hybrid of Agave montana and Agave gentryi decidied to flower for our spring open nursery and garden.  This unusual hybrid starts its flower spike in the fall, … Continue reading

Agaves and Mangaves

We are very excited to see that we have at least 9 agaves so far that will be flowering in 2016.  Above is a recent photo of Agave victoriae-reginae where you can see the bud forming in the center where … Continue reading

Bluebell Giants – Our new agave hybrids

Agave x protoamericana     Agave salmiana var. ferox ‘Bellville’ One of the fun projects our JLBG research division has been working on for several years is breeding for winter hardy century plants. One of our latest crosses is between … Continue reading

30′ tall Flowering Agave – a pollinators dream

It’s been absolutely amazing to watch the swarm of honeybees, ants, and hummingbirds feeding on our giant 30′ tall flowering agave.  Here’s an updated photo of the blessed event from yesterday.  This weekend’s final summer open house is the last … Continue reading

Giant Agave flowering

Here’s our research staff getting the giant ladder in place for breeding as the giant Agave salmiana x asperrima begins to open. And here’s Jeremy, who heads up our Research Division, gathering pollen and making crosses.  Breeding agaves is a little … Continue reading