I aquired this plant and was told it was aloe.
Recently i was told it was agave.
Im kind of confused. It has a longer trunk than any other aloe I have ever seen other than aloe that get a huge trunk and look like a palm tree.
I would really appreciate some help, please. Thank you in advance.:)
Hi Nate, not to worry; these plants are confusing; some look very similar to other species.
Luckily, Aloe have a few distinctive characteristics, and they are pretty easy to distinguish from other similar plants.
One of the traits that many Aloe have are the little evenly space teeth - in some species these are more like thorns, in others so small as to be non-existent.
Agave have a single wicked spine on the ends of each leaf, which Aloe don't have.
This one is an aged plant, and this is the form that they take as the leaves gradually die all up the trunk.
As you've noticed, this is not really strong enough to hold up the head of the plant, and generally they fall over and become very gangly and hard to manage.
Luckily, they are easy to rejuvenate, by simply unscrewing the center of the rosette, which will have some dormant roots ready to go. You can see more about Aloe here and here. Hope that helps unconfuse you!