Mystery plant

elliebeeMarch 18, 2014

My boss thought this was an aloe plant that just wasn't getting fat but I'm not so sure. It looks like a spider plant but has sharp prickers on the leaf edges. Ideas? Maybe some type of agave? The prickers have the ability to get lodged in skin, as I had the misfortune of finding out.

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carol23_gw

Pineapple ?

    Bookmark   March 18, 2014 at 10:25AM
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elliebee

I wish! But it doesn't have a little pineapple baby in the center of it. Just 100% terrifying pricker leaves.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2014 at 10:28AM
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thedecoguy

That looks like a Puya ?

    Bookmark   March 18, 2014 at 10:51AM
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elliebee

I think you may be right! Thank you. :)

    Bookmark   March 18, 2014 at 11:11AM
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saltcedar(Sunset zn 30/usda 8b)

Dyckia encholirioides is another possibility.

Here is a link that might be useful:

This post was edited by saltcedar on Wed, Mar 19, 14 at 16:27

    Bookmark   March 18, 2014 at 12:59PM
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caligrown(9b)

definitely a Bromeliad. My first thought was Hechtia. Puya is a distinct possibility. Your probably going to have to wait for it to flower to get a positive I.D. I would repot it in more of a gritty mix and give it some more sun. Hope this helps a little.

Regards, Patrick

    Bookmark   March 19, 2014 at 3:12PM
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