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Agave bracteosa

An unusual, small, clustering Agave from steep limestone canyons of the Sierra Madre Oriental in the Mexican States of Coahuila and Nuevo Leon between 900 and 1700 m (3000 and 5500 ft.). The small rosettes holds up to 15 soft, very finely toothed, recurved, mid-green leaves, tapering from the base to a fine point. The inflorescence is a showy, tall, unbranched spike that holds numerous, white flowers. In cultivation, A. bracteosa does well in many temperate climates, where it will even survive severe freezes. It looks best in light shade, especially in hot climates, and needs ample water during the growing season. Otherwise it is a rather carefree Agave and also makes a lovely potted plant.

 
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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms

The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms
by Robert Lee Riffle, Paul Craft, Scott Zona

2nd edition
Completely revised and updated

Hardcover - 528 pages
11 x 8.5 inches


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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is the definitive account of all palms that can be grown for ornamental and economic use. Palms are often underutilized as a result of their unfamiliarity—even to tropical gardeners. To help introduce these valuable plants to a new audience, the authors have exhaustively documented every genus in the palm family.
825 species are described in detail, including cold hardiness, water needs, height, and any special requirements. Generously illustrated with more than 900 photos, including photos of several palm species that have never before appeared in a general encyclopedia, The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is as valuable as an identification guide as it is a practical handbook. Interesting snippets of history, ethnobotany, and biology inform the text and make this a lively catalog of these remarkable plants.


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