Far Out Flora

Agaves Gone Wild!


Matti in a sea of succulents

On the way back to Wisconsin last Spring we hit up Santa Barbara after our central coast stop. We checked out San Marcos Growers in a cool electric golf cart. Since we hadn’t been to Lotusland yet, it was quite possibly one of the coolest plant excursions we’d ever been on. The place is huge and full of really cool plants. Please note that the nursery is wholesale only and not open to the public, but they have one of the finest websites around for succulent and rare plant information. Here’s a taste of their crazy Agave selection:


We need one of these. After getting stabbed by our big, kind of crappy Agave americanas all the time, I think we’ll be going with shrimpier agaves in the future. I couldn’t even look at these pictures before I knew we were moving back. It was too sad.

Gratuitious Agave shot

I want this one, too!

Agave ‘Sharkskin Shoes’

I’m not always a fan of variegation, but I’m loving it in all these agaves.


Agave franzosinii

Hurray for Agaves!


  1. I have so much fun every time I go to San Marcos. It is really a good thing I don’t have a bigger car.

  2. What an amazing nursery. I had a chance to visit Los Angelas and Santa Barbara (they have a really phenominal glass artist) this past summer and found the plant life amazing. They had succulents that in my garden are the size of silver dollars and in the gardens I visited which had some of the same plants and they were more than nine inches across. The variations that survive in their environment are quite stunning.

  3. I will never stop being amazed by these plants, and any succulent, really. Just the fact that one genus has so many different forms, shapes and colours is incredible…

  4. wow wow wow … no more superlatives for this. It looks so cool.

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