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Products > Agave parryi var. huachucensis 'King Clone'
Agave parryi var. huachucensis 'King Clone' - King Artichoke Agave
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (now Asparagaceae)
Origin: Southwest (U.S.) (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 3-4 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 10-15 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Agave parryi var. huachucensis 'King Clone' (King Artichoke Agave) - A large compact and freely-suckering rosette-forming succulent with upright inclined blue gray-green leaves that were broad based and narrowed to prominent brown terminal spines. Individual plants grow to 24 to 30 inches tall by about 3 feet wide with the sucker growth producing open clumps. When mature a flower spike rises 10 to 20 feet bearing lemon yellow flowers tinged with pink. Flowering usually occurs in summer.

Plant in full sun. Requires very little to no irrigation in coastal gardens and is hardy to at least 15 F. An attractive medium sized agave that is nice as a single specimen, massed in the succulent garden as a large scale groundcover or used in large pots.

Agave parryi var. huachucensis comes from south-eastern Arizona south to Chihuahua. This "King Clone", a name coined by Agave botanist, nurseryman and author Greg Starr, was first written about by Don Skinner in an article titled "Seeking the Elusive Agave huachucensis" in the July August 1961 issue of the Cactus and Succulent Society Journal (V33 N4).

Don Skinner's article so intrigued us that during the 2009 biennial convention of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America held in Tucson , a group that included Brian Kemble, John Bleck, Jeff Chemnick, Randy Baldwin, Ernst Van Jaarsveld and Allen Repashy sought to find the location between Sonoita and Patagonia that Skinner wrote about and photographed in his article. We were successful by talking to those that knew the area and also by matching the peaks in the background of Skinner's photographs. The site was visited, plants photographed and seed was collected. This seed yielded a single plant that was painstakingly vegetatively propagated until such time in 2024 that we had enough to put out a small crop in our field for sale 

This information about Agave parryi var. huachucensis 'King Clone' displayed is based on research conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.