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Xeriscape Demonstration Garden Information Sheet


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Agave parryi-Parry's Agave

 This highly prized succulent is native from Central Arizona into New Mexico and south to the states of Chihuahua, Durango and Guanajuato, Mexico at 1000-8000'.  It is one of the most cold hardy of the agaves.  It produces larger leaves and rosettes than the subspecies Agave parryi couesii but smaller than Agave parryi huachucensis.  The compact nearly round heavily toothed rosettes consist of gray-green lanceolate leaves 7-20 inches in length.  Leaves have marginal teeth as well as a stout tooth on the tip. Leaves can vary much in size and in color.

The flower spike is up to 20' in height with bright yellow and red buds in mid summer.

A plant purchased as a single specimen ultimately forms colonies of many offsets.  As with most agaves, the mother plant will die upon completion of flowering.

It needs full to partial sun but does need good drainage.


Webmaster & Author George Hull Last Updated August 10, 2003