The Ice Queen, Jadis, of Narnia was beautiful and evil, all at the same time.
I feel the same applies to my Agave.
My goodness, how I love this plant. In all of my garden beds, she is the most striking.
My favorite to be sure.
Deep greens, light greens, and purples.
Each leaf is edged with razor sharp spines, and tipped by 3 inch thorns.
She can and will seriously wound you, if you aren't very careful around her.
At present, she stands well over 4 ft tall and approximately 6 feet wide at her base. This plant is often misrepresented with the name Century Plant. It makes folks think they live 100 years. Oh, how I wish it were true.
She is nearly 10 years old. Once she flowers, she will wither and die.
Thankfully, she puts off "pups"---several each year. I will have another one ready to take her place on the throne.
Her only nemesis is this handsome boy. All the others are afraid to approach the Ice Queen. He chooses to do battle with her every year.
This year, he has marred her beauty beyond repair.
What is particularly ironic about that, is he did it for his own vain reasons.
He rubs the velvet off his antlers every year in readiness for his season with the does, and battles with rival bucks.
He has left the Queen battered and broken.
She will survive, just as she does every year.
He, however, is none the worse for wear.