Posted by Joyce (Montana, United States) on 29 April 2012 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

I love these formidable desert plants, and the way this one grows rather carelessly. I call them sword cactus for obvious reason, but maybe it is Agave. It is not chubby with gel like Aloe. Any of you know the right name?

Growing up in California, we had a giant one near the place where our rope swing was, and now and then someone would jump or fall off and roll.....it was a touch of scary tension which kids love.

Thank you for your visit and comments. I so enjoy hearing from you and seeing the world through your lens.

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Love the pot of wildness here ! I think I kept something similar decades ago on a sill . .

29 Apr 2012 8:00am

@Ronnie 2¢: I think you are thinking of Aloe with the fat, gel filled "swords." That you cap a piece off for buns. Wild is the word though thanks Ronnie.

Martine from bousval, Belgium

Wouhaaaaaaaaaa!! on dirait des poulpes!!! j'aime beaucoup!! je ne connais pas du tout!!!

29 Apr 2012 10:02am

@Martine: Oui, il n'a pas l'air comme le poulpe. Je n'ai pas vu cela. Merci!

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

I used to have some of these too. I liked them because they were easy to keep for someone like me who does not have a "green thumb". ;-)

29 Apr 2012 12:51pm

@B. Thomas: There! That's brilliant! I 'fess my thumb is of another color too.

Photographs by M.E. from San Francisco, United States

FAB pic, love how the plant is allowed to grow as it pleases...

Sorry, I don't know what it is; for a moment there, i thought they were Aloe... my mom used to cut them up and squeeze the gel out to apply to our hair - great hair conditioner!

29 Apr 2012 3:51pm

@Photographs by M.E.: Yes, that's a good idea, hair of course. I think these are not aloe, but another species. No goo inside.

Rick from Toronto, Canada

A nice twisting freedom dance of green life reaching up toward the camera. I love these plants, both beautiful and wary looking. (if that makes any sense?)

29 Apr 2012 6:54pm

@Rick: How exotic. Whatever did Nature have in mind when she created thorns on plants and roses. Dinosaurs I can understand. Roarrrr, grrrr, etc.

sido from Seville, Spain

Joyce, I think you could easily find the name of your plant using Google images. At the end of where you usually write what you are looking for, there is a small cam. Click on it and load your photo. Other similar photos should appear and then you go to the site and find out. This is used to find similar images and to check if your image is being used by someone else. Let me know.

29 Apr 2012 7:09pm

@sido: Thanks Sido, for the google tool. That was interesting, but no other similar pictures popped up. And other cactus photos did not show the floppy eared plant that my employer has. :-) Fun too though!

Shar from Pilot Butte near Regina, SK, Canada

I have heard this plant called "mother-in-law plant" for obvious reasons! LOL

29 Apr 2012 8:37pm

@Shar: That is too funny.

Shar from Pilot Butte near Regina, SK, Canada

Sorry should have said "mother-in-law's tongue plant" - whoops - hit post comment too quickly! LOL

29 Apr 2012 8:38pm

@Shar: That is just terribly funny, Shar. :D

LauraS from Chico, United States

Are you SURE this is not Aloe? I think it is. It sure does wind every which way. Some aloe just aren't real thick and juicy.

29 Apr 2012 8:40pm

@LauraS: My Aloe plant grows every which way. It is true.

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Not sure what it is Joyce unfortunately I'm a complete ignoramus where plants and flowers are concerned, but it makes a terrific image

29 Apr 2012 8:44pm

@Doug: Glad you like it Doug. Amazing Nature.

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

A sharp shot of this luscious plant!

29 Apr 2012 10:08pm

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

I have no idea. I thought it Aloe, which is popular also in Japan. Please don't be injured at your fingers.

30 Apr 2012 12:04am

@Hiro: Too late! It did poke me when I went to water it's neighbor.

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