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Agave parryi - Parry Agave
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (Agaves)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Pale Yellow
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 0-10 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Agave parryi (Parry Agave) - A compact freely-suckering rosette-forming succulent with broad short gray leaves with prominent brown terminal spines. Individual plants are 18 inches to 2 feet tall by 2 to 3 feet wide with the sucker growth producing dense 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. Hardy to around 10 F. This agave from south-eastern Arizona south to Chihuahua is attractive massed in the succulent garden as a large scale groundcover or in large pots. There is considerable confusion with Agave parryii and Agave parryii var. huachucensis - this plant has a tight rosette of broad short leaves - like the blunter leaf tipped Agave parryii var. truncata it looks a bit like an artichoke. There is considerable overlap in the varieties and much of the distinction made between the varieties is the geographic separation of their natural habitat. The plants we list under this name were originally purchased as Agave parryi in 2004 from Rancho Soledad Nursery. The specific epithet honors the British born American botanist Charles Parry who was the botanist and surgeon to the United States and Mexican Boundary Survey (18481855) and made extensive plant collections along the U.S. and Mexico border areas. He was the first to discover the Torrey pine and Engelmann spruce, which he named to honor of his mentors John Torrey and George Engelmann and was the first to climb Grays Peak, which he named for another mentor, famed American botanist Asa Gray.  This description is based on our research and observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We also try to incorporate comments received from others and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Agave parryi.
 
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