Glendurgan Garden, Cornwall

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Chris10 © on July 22, 2009

Sort of Agave?

CAB1 on July 22, 2009

Yes, I think it is an Agave, no idea which variety.

Erik van den Ham on July 22, 2009

Sorry to interfere in this. This is no Agave and it is not even related to it. These plants are called Puya

Puya is a genus of 160–180 species of terrestrial plants in the bromeliad family (Bromeliaceae). They are native to the Andes Mountains of South America and southern Central America. Many of the species are monocarpic, with the parent plant dying after one flower and seed production event.

The species Puya raimondii is notable as the largest species of bromeliad known, reaching 3 m tall in vegetative growth with a flower spike 9-10 m tall. The other species are also large, with the flower spikes mostly reaching 1-4 m tall.

The name 'Puya' was derived from the Mapuche Indian (Chile) word meaning "point".

Some species of Puya in Chile are locally known as chagual, and they are used to make salads from the base of its young leaves. A common species is Puya chilensis.

The leaves have thorns who are pointed inwards. I was told sometimes sheep get stuck and die of starvation and become food for the plants.

I'm not sure which species this should be.

Best regards, Erik

Chris10 © on July 22, 2009

:) Dank Erik, heb ik ook weer wat opgestoken.

Slaap als een roosje straks. Christien.

Erik van den Ham on July 22, 2009

Hmm beetje prikkelbaar vandaag?

Chris10 © on July 22, 2009

Nee hoor, maar ik ga er in ieder geval snel onder. Gister veel te laat gemaakt. Stomstomstom.

Maar de Agave prikt wel ja (je ziet ook ALLES). Doei, C10.

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