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Agave w/ Gray Foliage and Dark Spines


A compact freely suckering rosette forming succulent with broad short gray leaves with prominent brown terminal spines. When mature a flower spike rises 10 to 20 feet bearing lemon yellow flowers tinged with pink. Flowering usually occurs in summer. Plant in full sun. Requires very little to no irrigation in coastal gardens. This agave from South-eastern Arizona south to Chihuahua is attractive massed in the succulent garden, as a large scale groundcover, or in large pots.

Agave parryi var. huachucensis

Fruit Characteristics

Fruit edible :Yes

Leaf Characteristics

Leaf notes : Prominent brown terminal spines.

Leaf shape : broad, short lanceolate leaves

Leaf color : Grey

Flower Characteristics

Flower notes : Monocarpic - flowers only once at end of life cycle.

Flower color : Pink

Plant Anatomy

Foliage growth cycle : Evergreen

Average size maturity width : 2-3 ft.

Average size maturity height : 2-3 ft.

Cultural Information

Sunset zone : 2b, 3, 6-24

Water requirements : Moderate

Light exposure : Partial Sun

Landscape Attributes

Under oak trees : Yes

Barrier plants : Yes

Seashore conditions : Yes

Oak root fungus resistance : Yes

Hummingbirds : Yes

Hedges and screens : Yes

Frost tender : Yes

Fragrance : Yes

Erosion control : Yes

Drought tolerant : Yes

Deer resistant : Yes

Butterflies : Yes

Colorful fruits and berries : Yes

Birds : Yes

Autumn foliage color : Yes

Attractive bark : Yes

Allergenic plants : Yes

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