Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Red Car Property: "Leave Plants Alone!"

Photo: Diane Edwardson, August 19, 2013.  A neighbor who maintains the guerrilla agave garden on the Red Car Property is frustrated by the agave vandals who persist in cutting off too many of the plants' spiky "leaves" to make tequila. The plants then rot & die from the inside out.  He caged most of the plants since warnings painted on the plants were not enough.  (Click on photo to enlarge.)

Agaves are drought tolerant, fire resistant & are usually ideal for deterring thieves when planted densely near fences and windows.  The American Century Plant (Agave americana) agave theives.  The next step is motion sensor lights & video cameras. 

CalFlora lists the American Century Plant as minorly toxic, causing dermatitis & oxalates (kidney stones). 

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Disclaimer: The Corralitas Red Car Property Blog prefers to quote reliable sources, such as CalFlora and California Poison Control on the issue of toxicity.  We often get email suggesting some plants are edible. If you are eating your way through the Red Car Property, we DO NOT recommend you eat any plant you find in the Red Car Property neighborhood without first doing your own research.