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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.  

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 on this page is based on the research that we have conducted about this plant in the San Marcos Growers library, from what we have found on reliable online sources, as well as from observations made of our crops of this plant growing in the nursery and of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens where we may have observed it. We also have incorporated comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from those who may have additional information, particularly if this information includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Agave parrasana.