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Agave parryi

Century plant

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Key information

Plant type

Cactus or succulent

Flower colour



Dramatic foliage



Skill level


photo by Dave Zubraski, copyright GAP Photos (173400)

Plant details

This spiky succulent is found growing wild from Arizona, USA to Mexico, where it thrives on open, rocky slopes in grassland and woodland. In the UK, it is best grown in a pot and kept in a light, frost-free environment during winter. In the warmer months, it can be grown outside and makes a striking addition to patio displays. It makes a compact, multi-leaved rosette of grey-green leaves which have spikes along their edges and at their tips. Plants flower once in their lives, dying after the blooms set seed. The flowers themselves are an extraordinary sight, standing 4 to 6 metres above the plant. The buds are pink or red, opening to varying shades of yellow.

Family: Agavaceae

Genus: Agave

Species: parryi

Plant type: Cactus or succulent

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Grey

Feature: Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 75cm

Spread: 85cm

Time to plant seeds: February to April

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