Agave palmeri Palmer Agave
SUCCULENT. The common agave in the Empires, found throughout.
Two distinct varieties: The large grassland form has long bright
green swordlike leaves that are rarely or never colorbanded, and few or
no offsets (bottom photo). It has very tall flowerstalks and stout
seedpods that may persist for several years. The small form (top
photo) has smaller, grayer, colorbanded leaves with several to many offsets,
shorter flowerspikes, smaller flowers and seedpods, and grows at lower
elevations, though the two forms are occasionally found together.
FAMILY: Agavaceae (Agave Family).