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Not all stalks so tall are sotol

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Agave with Seed Stalk by Rock Outcropping 9207

After showing you a so-tall sotol, I thought I should show you another tall-stalked plant that grows in the Chihuahuan Desert, the agave, also known as the century plant. Several species of Agave grow in the area but I don’t know which one this is.

In the foreground, notice the so-called cow’s tongue prickly pear, a variety that was found a little over a century ago near San Antonio and has been cultivated in other places since then. People also plant agaves in many locations outside their natural range; that’s the case in Austin, for example, where they’re a common sight.

Today’s photograph comes once again from the grounds of old Fort Davis on November 20.

© 2015 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

December 19, 2015 at 5:16 AM

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