agaves

Agave Snout Weevil, Coming to a Garden Near You

– Posted in: Succulents
Agave snout weevil

Agave snout weevil is a half-inch-long black beetle with a downward-curving proboscis that enables it to pierce an agave’s core, where it lays its eggs. Grubs hatch, consume the agave’s heart, then burrow into the soil to pupate. The weevil (Scyphophorus acupunctatus)—once prevalent only in desert regions and Mexico—is spreading rapidly throughout the US and abroad, earning it the dubious distinction [...]

Succulent Extravaganza Recap

– Posted in: Garden Adventures, Succulents
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See the seahorse? It's sempervivums planted in vertical panels. This was one of many lovely and unusual sights at the second annual Succulent Extravaganza at Succulent Gardens nursery in Castroville, CA last week. A terrace at the nursery is planted with Agave 'Blue Glow' (foreground) and Agave 'Blue Flame' (background). One-third of my forthcoming book, [...]