Wednesday Vignette - Agave chiapensis flower stalk

Agave chiapensis is one of my favorite plants in the garden. It looks tropical but of course being an agave is tough as nails. Three of them live with us in different locations around the house. Two of them I bought at the same time and planted roughly at similar times. Based on their size I think the plants must have been around 2-3 yrs old when purchased which puts them around 5 - 6 yrs old now.

I was at first confused, then surprised and finally delighted when I walked out the front door and saw something white where it hadn't been before.

Agave chiapensis in a large pot just starting to bloom
Agave chiapensis in a large pot

The flower stalk is reported to get roughly 6ft tall. I'm not sure if it will develop bulbils... but I hope so!

Agave chiapensis
Closeup of the new flower stalk

 The bright, creamy color is striking against the Agave's leaves am I right?!

Agave chiapensis
5 days later

Agave chiapensis
Another Agave chiapensis in the backyard

Right on cue the sister plant in the backyard also began growing a flower stalk.

Agave chiapensis in large ceramic pot

Unfortunately this is not an Agave I've seen for sale in my neck of the woods but maybe I'm not observant enough? All 3 of my plants came from the San Diego area.

Agave chiapensis flower blooming

In late May the flower spike began to bloom. The flowers opened from the bottom upwards. I touched one of these flowers in the following week and my hand came away very sticky with nectar. I even tasted the nectar and felt slightly light headed for an hour afterwards!

Agave chiapensis flower closeup
Agave chiapensis flower detail

Agave chiapensis expended flower stalk
Agave chiapensis flower stalk going to seed - July, 2020


  1. That's always a bittersweet moment. The color of your flower stalk is more dramatic than any I've seen in other agaves. I hope you get bulbils. I'm still watching over the select few I saved when 2 of my Agave desmettiana 'Variegata' bloomed last year - I saved only those with the most interesting variegation.

    1. If it does produce bulbils I'll be sharing them far and wide as I wouldn't be able bring my self to throw any of the 'babies' away.

  2. That's an elegant Agave. Nice choice of pot for it as well. You might have an offset or two hiding at the base, those do offset.

    1. I half expect that pot to just burst apart some day!


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