The non prickly succulent agave plant called agave attenuata in the family Chang’s garden.

Before we see this gorgeous succulent, let me tell you a bit about how this session came about.

Lauren, a wedding client, gifted her mother a photography session…..for her garden. Yes, you read it right. Her garden. Her mom did not want portraits of herself in the garden but only portraits of the garden.

This was a chance to do something different and be inspired. Immediately, I perused our local Home and Garden site for inspiration.

Mrs. Chang’s garden to say the least was amazing! She wanted to preserve the beauty of the garden before her plants wither away from lack of water due to our years long drought. Preserving her garden through photographs? What a great concept! Liken to capturing weddings and families, I took the task to heart and wanted to create something special for Mrs. Chang.

As I got to capture the agave, I wanted to know more about them so below are four questions that ran through my noggin as I photographed them. I’m sure you can come up with other questions of your own but here were mine.

What are Agaves?
Agaves are succulents with a large rosette of thick, fleshy leaves, with most species ending in a sharp terminal spine. The stout stem is usually short, the leaves apparently springing from the root.

It is the perfect plant for our hot, dry, drought stricken climate, as they require very little water to survive.

Is this the tequila agave?
Oh! How I wish! But no, this is NOT the agave that tequila is made from. Blue agave or agave tequilana is used to produce the famous liquor. This is the garden variety – agave attenuata.

Where did the agave originate?
Though blue agave and agave attenuata, both came from the state of Jalisco, Mexico, agave attenuata has no teeth or terminal spines, making it an ideal for gardens in areas adjacent to footpaths.

What makes it so popular?
Maybe because of it’s curved stem, unusual among agaves, makes it a favorite of many garden owners.

Does it’s popularity have to do with it’s long, flowering tail? Maybe? You can’t miss it when you see one!
The tail bends to kiss the ground from which it came from and because of it, many nicknamed it Foxtail, Lion’s tail or Swan’s neck.

Stay tune for we’ll have another post with the rest of the family Chang’s gorgeous garden.


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