This part of the garden has been home to 3 different plants. First came a rosemary plant which quickly grew to an enormous size. Out it came and was replaced by an Agave desmettiana variegata-not the one that is there today. Winter came, and despite the man at the cactus and succulent sale telling us it was hardy for Austin, it was not. It melted in the frost but left behind about 10 offspring which I immediately potted up. What to put in this spot-ah what about a variegated Miscanthus I thought. Mistake. It soon outgrew the spot and not only that but as result of enjoying the elegant plumes in the winter it seeded everywhere. It was removed this spring with much effort and leaving a gaping hole. Just the spot for one of the Agaves that was quickly outgrowing its pot. I'm not going to worry about losing it this winter because I have plenty more as a result of its pup making. I have never seen an agave produce so many offspring. Certainly the Agave parryi which I purchased several years ago only gave me 3 years before it sent up its flower spike and died. It never produced one pup.
I hope that someone will be able to identify this cactus for me. Purchased at the same time as the original Agave it flowered for the first time this year. Tiny pink flowers in profusion. On the garden tour someone asked if I might cut off a section for him! I don't have great success with cactus having a tendency to over water them.
This succulent is also beginning to flower. Another one I would like to know the name of.