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AGAVE parryi ssp. parryi

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Carol Cloud Bailey

Family

Agavaceae

Botanical Name

AGAVE parryi ssp. parryi

Plant Common Name

Parry's Agave, Parry's Century Plant

Special Notice

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General Description

One of the hardier agave species, Parry's agave is a beautiful succulent that originates from the alpine regions of Arizona and New Mexico. It is a more compact agave that sports wide, succulent gray-green leaves with fine, sharp, serrated edges of black. Its neat, evergreen rosettes slowly develop offshoots, or pups, which can easily be removed and replanted elsewhere if desired.

In summer mature rosettes put forth tall, upright panicles of fragrant, creamy yellow flowers. These may be pink or red in bud and attract bats.

Heat and drought tolerant, Parry’s agave requires perfectly drained sandy or gravelly soil and full sun. It is an outstanding plant for desert gardens, containers or conservatories. Over time it can form large colonies.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 5

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    7 - 12

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 2b, 3a, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Cactus or Succulent

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Width

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer

  • Native To

    Southwestern United States, Mexico

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Xeric/Desert, Drought Tolerant

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Light Yellow, Ivory

  • Fruit Color

    Brown, Sandy Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Blue Green, Gray Green, Gray

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Blue Green, Gray Green, Gray

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Blue Green, Gray Green, Gray

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Gray Green, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Bold

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    Yes

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No