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on SF 19th ave dividing strip -- know name?

looking for name and good source -- thanks

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Re: on SF 19th ave dividing strip -- know name?

Hi John,
Here is a PDF document listing all the plants used by the Department of Public Works in San Francisco
https://sfdpw.org/Modules/ShowDocument.a ... mentid=856

I could be mistaken but I believe it may be called, Agave attenuata 'Nova" which you can see on page 2 of that document. Maybe it's not the one, not certain. If you see a succulent on that list that's a better match let us know, I'm interested! :)

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Re: on SF 19th ave dividing strip -- know name?

The leaves look like agave, but I don't think A. attenuata, which is the foxtail agave. It makes a huge, thick, bushy looking flower stem, for which it is called foxtail:

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I couldn't find a picture that really matched yours -- many of the agave pictures show giant flower spikes, like 6 feet tall or more. But there are a lot of different agaves - utah agave, arizona agave, A. americana, A. mexicana, desert agave, A. salmiana, A. ovatifollia, etc etc.
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Re: on SF 19th ave dividing strip -- know name?

Whatever that succulent is, it's very likely listed in the document I linked to. It's a recent list of plants used by the SF DPW.

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Re: on SF 19th ave dividing strip -- know name?

It is an agave, if it follows the normal blooming pattern it will make pups and then the mother plant will die. Agave's bloom once in their lifetime. The flower looks similar to a century plant I once had, agave Americana have similar flowers.

It takes between 15-30 years for them to bloom and if they are in the ground for most of that time they are massive. I had mine in a 6 inch pot and it bloomed at about 15 years old. It is possible for the plants to be blooming small if they have spent most of their lives in a confined pot and especially if they have no ready source of regular water. Even in the desert plants congregate where the water table is the shallowest and where dew can collect.
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