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Agave parryi

Parry's agave / Century Plant

Prized for its attractive blue-gray to gray-green evergreen foliage that are arrayed in a spiral form, accented with a dark tip. Drought tolerant and very low maintenance. They look spectacular planted in groups. Best in full sun with rocky soil with good drainage. They flower only sporadically but the flower stem can reach 20’ tall. The yellow flowers attract hummingbirds and are also the host plant for several skippers. The flower rosette dies after flowering but the new rosettes at the base of the plant will grow to bloom again. 

Benefits

  • Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies
  • Also attracts bats and beneficial insects
  • Interesting blue-gray-green evergreen foliage
  • Drought tolerant and very low maintenance
  • Terrific in decorative containers
  • Flower stems can reach 20’ tall

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

This is one of the largest, most cold-hardy forms of Agave you can grow. Plant in a lean, well-drained soil where it will get plenty of sun and heat.


Height
2-3 ft

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Spread
2-3 ft

USDA Hardiness Zone 7-10

Native Range

High deserts in New Mexico, Arizona, Texas and Mexico.

Native Trivia

 Native Americans used this agave as a source of food, fiber, soap and medicine.

Characteristics & Attributes

Sun
Beneficial insects
Butterflies
Deer Resistant
Plan Sub Group
Small Shrubs
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Soil
Saline or alkaline
Well-drained
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Dry
Attracts Wildlife
Hummingbirds
Bloom Time
Late Summer
Summer
Critter Resistance
Rabbit Resistant
Habitat Collection
Songbird
Native Habitat
Desert
Foliage Color
Blue-green
Uses
Accent
Container
Drought tolerant
Evergreen
Mass plant
Naturalizes
Rock garden
Specimen
Native to
Arizona
New Mexico
Texas