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Agave parrasana - Cabbage Head Agave

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (now Asparagaceae)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow & Orange
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Synonyms: [A. wislizeni ssp. parrasana]
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Agave parrasana (Cabbage Head Agave) This is a slow growing compact Agave to 2 feet tall by about the same width - young plants more upright but with age widen out. It is usually solitary or with only a few offsets and has short broad waxy, tightly-overlapping leaves that are a pale blue-gray color and have large teeth toward the leaf apex but smaller ones near their base. These teeth make striking imprints on the adjoining newer leaves' backside. When this species produces flowers they are red in bud and open to yellow with red highlights in panicles on a tall stalk to 15-20 feet. Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil and irrigate occasionally to rarely. Hardy to 15 F .This plant is found naturally on limestone soils in mixed chaparral and pine-oak forests in the Parras mountains of southeastern Coahuila, Mexico at elevations from 4,500 to just over 8,000 feet. Our stock plants of this species came from the Huntington Botanic Garden (HBG 97485). We thank John Trager for this plant and Greg Starr of Starr Nursery for much of the information we have about it.  The information about Agave parrasana displayed on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources we consider reliable. We will also relate those observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery gardens and in other gardens that we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments we receive from others and welcome hearing from anyone who has additional information, particularly when they share cultural information that would aid others in growing it.