Here’s a plant curiosity for you: False Aloe. Meet this hardy (to zone 6) Agave relative, native to the the southern US and Mexico. Succulent strap like leaves develop purple spotting as plants develop. This species has been used to cross with Agave to create the new intergeneric cross: “Mangave” that have been circulated in Succulent circles for a few years now. Plants do send up a bloom spike bearing fragrant yellow and purple flowers when they are much older. click here for the Missouri Botanical Garden photo. Of course they prefer dry well drained soil.We grew these from seed sown in 2021, and plants wintered over well last winter.