I walk my greyhounds frequently, they like to walk around the neighborhood and my garden. Here are some of the plants we have encountered recently. Some are not to be sniffed by dogs or people. Above is one of those plants, a Blue Agave (Agave tequilana) grown by a friend and gifted to me, this is the plant that tequila is made from and is very spiny with spines on the leaf tips.
Here’s another sharp plant, my neighbor’s Natal Plum (Carissa macrocarpa). A poisonous plant with thorns, paradoxically having edible fruit and gardenia scented flowers.
Another Agave, not quite as sharp as the Blue one. This one is a Sisal Agave (Agave sisalana) – yes, where Sisal for rugs, ropes, etc. comes from. This is on a vacant lot on our walk and is shooting up a bloom stalk that is at least 10 feet tall and not showing a bud yet. Somewhere south of here an enterprising soul started a Sisal plantation, the Sisal reseeded and took over an island in the Florida Keys and has blown seeds all the way to my neighborhood.
Another sharp plant, the Soap Aloe (Aloe saponaria). These can be used to make shampoo and are foamy if the leaves are snapped. After reading about these, I decided against the shampoo as it seems most people are allergic to it.
The Autograph Tree (Clusia rosea), waiting to be planted – one of the potted orphans that lurk in everyones garden, not sharp at all.
Buds on the Dombeya (Dombeya wallachi). This is a pink tropical Hydrangea tree, if you can imagine that – and they bloom in December! I walk by everyday looking for flowers.
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