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Agave parryi
  • RHS AGM

Parry's agave

A rosette-forming, evergreen, perennial succulent. The leaves are grey-blue, tipped and edged with short, dark spines. After many years, dense clusters of yellow flowers, tinged red or pink in bud, are produced on a massive, branched, tree-like stem up to 5m tall

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
10–20 years
Ultimate spread
0.5–1 metres
Growing conditions
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Grey Silver
Summer Red Yellow Grey Silver
Autumn Grey Silver
Winter Grey Silver
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

West–facing or South–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Drought resistance
Yes
Hardiness
H2
Botanical details
Family
Asparagaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Agave can be perennial or monocarpic succulents, forming rosettes of usually rigid, fleshy, spiny-edged leaves, with funnel-shaped flowers in racemes or panicles often much taller than the rosettes

Name status

Correct

Plant range
Arizona, Texas & N Mexico

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow under glass in cactus compost in full light. Water freely in summer, giving a low-nitrogen feed three or four times. Water less in autumn and keep dry in winter. Can move outdoors for summer

Propagation

Propagate by seed, or remove offsets

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Architectural
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Patio and container plants
  • Sub-tropical
  • Gravel garden
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Prone to scale insect

Diseases

Generally problem free

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