Wednesday, 28 March 2012
Do they grow agaves in hawaii?
Before my trip, I was determined to find out whether or not people grow agaves in Hawaii. That is to distinguish between whether or not agaves would grow in Hawaii - of course, but do they actually plant them in their gardens?!
To be honest, I think I was too distracted at first by all the magnificent palm trees, plumerias, and all the other tropical gems that I lost sight of one of my clear objectives... hunting down some good Hawaii agaves. Besides the odd agave attenuata, I actually started to give up. I was quite perplexed to tell you the truth. It wasn't until another one of my morning walks from Waikiki beach to the summit of Diamond Head that I passed by the University of Hawaii Kapi'Olani Community College and discovered something epic!
More than anything I believe the Furcaea was what first sent my plant lust radar into overdrive. It was one of the moments in life where you know its just meant to be...
my morning walk/ hike to diamond head turned into a full on plant safari! What's best is that it came as a huge surprise.
I wish I could name all these treasures but it is far beyond my scope. All I know is that I probably can't grow any of them at home and I wish I could have them all!!!!
And then... (cue the jaws music!) Could it be?!! agave ovatifolia? All I know is that it took the breath right out of me! now this, this is what I had been searching for!
And there were more...
Forever hiking Diamond Head will conjure up memories of the veritable agave heaven otherwise known as the University of Hawaii Kapi'Olani.
All that is to say, yes, they do indeed grow agaves in Hawaii!!!!