Sunday, June 20, 2010

Queen Victoria's Agave #2

Queen Victoria's Agave #2, originally uploaded by angryparsnip.

Here is another picture of the Queen Victoria's Agave from my trip to
The Arizona Sonora Desert Museum.

I am trying to remember how big this Agave was, I am thinking about 8 inches around.
The close up shot from a few days ago was of the plant in front.

Looked this variety up and found out it is :
Slow growing
Grows to around 18 to 24 inches around maybe 12 inches tall.
At the tip of each leave is a very sharp spike/thorn and it does
hurt. Yes... I found that fact out all by myself !
Blooms once when about 10 to 20 years old and then dies after

When some of this variety of Agave grow they look just like a very
compact round ball sitting on the dirt, too cute.
Love this plant... the color, the white stripe on each leave and the

desert . . . parsnip
music . . . Great Balls Of Fire, Jerry Lee Lewis


  1. Yes when you see the size of the notice it puts it in perspective. It is such a verdant green, Just what's needed in a desert.

  2. Pat...
    I love when you take a close up and you don't know how big the subject is.
    We in Arizona need that pop of real green color ! Tucson is a very green area but not the lush green of where you live. When I look out from my back yard towards the mountains all I see is the green of the Palove Verde trees like a carpet but there is always the dirt and the air looks hot in summer.

  3. Hi Parsnip, those Queen Victoria's Agave are beautiful. I've seen that kind of plant before but didn't know what it was called. Your two square dogs are adorable. :)

  4. Diane Az...

    I didn't know what it was called tilled I read the little sign.
    The Boys" say woof !