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Agave parryi (photo courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens)
Agave parryi (photo courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens)

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Zones 2B, 3A, 3B, 6-24, 26-32
Partial Sun
Partial
Minimal Water
Minimal

Agave parryi

Agavaceae
Cacti and succulents, Perennials

Attractive, compact, cold-hardy species native to Arizona and northern Mexico. Thick, blue-green or gray-green leaves are tipped with sharp black spines. Mature size about 2–3 ft. high and wide; spreads by offsets to form colonies.

Sometimes called “artichoke agave” because the rosettes on some forms resemble giant artichokes. When about 20 years old, plants push up a stout stalk with clusters of yellow flowers. Thrives in part shade.

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