- A brand new book from Timber
Press written by one of leading agave experts from the USA, Greg
Starr. This book is lavishly illustrated and written in a very
easy and readable style . It has some chapters at the beginning
covering general aspects such as nomenclature and how best to
grow the plants. The bulk of the book is devoted to an A-Z of
agaves, individual chapters each covering a species. Apart from
the excellent photographs there are detained notes on habitat,
descriptions, growth and culture. Attention is also paid to the
landscaping value of each plant.
- There is also a very useful
chapter called Comparing Look-Alikes. Here the author takes groups
of three or four similar plants and emphasizes the differences
between them, eg.parviflora,polianthiflora and toumeyana and
also stricta, striata and petrophylla. This is a novelty for
agave books and a very useful one.
- Unlike Dr.Thomas Heller's excellent
book 'Agaven', which is geared more to collectors in Europe with
their collections in pots and generally under glass, this book
clearly reflects the american agave scene and includes information
gathered during the author's extensive travels in agave habitats.
- A most welcome addition to the
ever increasing range of publications about agaves and another
must have for all enthusiasts of these magnificent plants.