parryi's agave


The leaves of Parry's agave (Agave parryi) are grey-green and have a spine at the tip. One of the distinguishing features is that the point on the tip, which is typically dark tan, brown, or black, is darker than the leaf. Indentations of previous leaves show on the back of each leaf. Each plant gets about 2 feet tall and wide and produces many offsets. 

Eventually, they produce a twelve-foot stalk with bright yellow blooms, and like all agaves die after blooming, as all leaf and root resources are put into the stalk, flowers, and seeds. The pups will continue to grow and live. 

Plant in well-drained soil. This is a low-water succulent but likes some additional water in the summer (top zone).  Parry's agave can take full to part sun. 

Native to Arizona, New Mexico and Northern Mexico on rocky slopes from 5,000-7,000 feet. It takes temperatures down to 0º F. Moths and bats love the flowers of agave, but many nectar-loving organisms visit the flowers. 

Katherine Gierlach