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Agave parryi var. huachucensis (Artichoke Agave)

Artichoke Agave, Parry's Agave, Huachuca Agave

Agave parryi var. huachucensis, Artichoke Agave,Parry's Century Plant, blue Agave, Gray Agave, Drought tolerant plant
Agave parryi var. huachucensis, Artichoke Agave,Parry's Century Plant, blue Agave, Gray Agave, Drought tolerant plant
Agave parryi var. huachucensis, Artichoke Agave,Parry's Century Plant, blue Agave, Gray Agave, Drought tolerant plant

Fairly compact and cold tolerant, Agave parryi var. huachucensis (Artichoke Agave) is an evergreen, perennial succulent forming tight rosettes of broad, thick, rigid, silvery-gray leaves with a conspicuous dark terminal spine. While infrequent, mature plants (over 10 years) flower only once. They are topped with a magnificent flowering spike that can reach 15 ft. (5m), and bears dense clusters of yellow flowers, tinged red or pink in bud. The flowering rosette dies after flowering, but new rosettes formed by offsets will root at the base of the mother rosette to form colonies. Amazing when massed in a sunny garden, as a groundcover, or in large containers.

  • Grows up to 18-24 in. tall (45-60 cm) and 2-3 ft. wide (60-90 cm). May reach 15 ft. (450 cm) with flower stalk.
  • Easily grown in slightly acidic, sandy, or gravelly, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerates light shade. Dry soil and drought tolerant.
  • Great for beds and borders, city gardens, rock gardens, succulent gardens, or Mediterranean gardens. Ideal as an accent plant in sunny borders or in decorative containers.
  • Plant away from foot traffic: the needle-sharp spines on the leaf tips can be a hazard to humans and pets. Don’t plant this Agave near paths or walkways
  • Attracts hummingbirds and birds but is deer resistant
  • Virtually disease free. Watch for scale insects.
  • Propagate by offsets.
  • Use caution, safety glasses, long sleeves, long pants, well-covered shoes, and gloves when cutting this plant.
  • Native to Arizona, Texas, and New Mexico

Agave: Plant Care and Growing Guide


Agave plants are popular for landscaping because they are rich in many qualities and have a striking architectural appearance. Here are some tips on how to plant and grow agaves successfully

Requirements

Hardiness 8 - 12
Heat Zones 5 - 11
Climate Zones 2B, 3A, 3B, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Cactus & Succulents
Plant Family Asparagaceae
Genus Agave
Common names Agave, Artichoke Agave
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Sand
Soil pH Acid
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants Arizona, New Mexico, Southwest, Texas, United States
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Birds, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Ground Covers, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Mediterranean Garden
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Agave vilmoriniana ‘Stained Glass’ (Octopus Agave)
Agave macroacantha (Black-Spined Agave)
Agave filifera (Thread Agave)
Agave weberi ‘Arizona Star’ (Weber Agave)
Agave bracteosa (Squid Agave)
Agave marmorata (Marbled Agave)

Recommended Companion Plants

Senecio mandraliscae (Blue Chalksticks)
Sedum nussbaumerianum (Stonecrop)
Eschscholzia californica (California Poppy)
Festuca glauca ‘Elijah Blue’ (Blue Fescue)

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Agave: Plant Care and Growing Guide
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Requirements

Hardiness 8 - 12
Heat Zones 5 - 11
Climate Zones 2B, 3A, 3B, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Cactus & Succulents
Plant Family Asparagaceae
Genus Agave
Common names Agave, Artichoke Agave
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Sand
Soil pH Acid
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants Arizona, New Mexico, Southwest, Texas, United States
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Birds, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Ground Covers, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Mediterranean Garden
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