It was named after the 19th-century botanist, Charles C. Parry and is native to a range of habitats from Texas and New Mexico, across the majority of the Southwest.
It readily grows in oak forest areas and the arid desert regions.
Agave parryi Growing Guide
Parry's Agave is a succulent plant that can readily grow in a range of conditions from USDA zones seven to ten. In Europe it is classified as a hardiness zone H2 plant, thus it is considered to be a cold tolerant plant but is not tolerant of being frozen.
This plant is easy to grow as it tolerates drought and survives in a range of soils. Ideal soil requirements are a well-draining rocky, sandy soil that keeps the amount of moisture to a minimum.
Ideally plant in an area that provides full sun, though it will grow fairly well in a partially shaded area.
Parry's Agave specimens can grow to a width of between two and three feet (60 to 90 cm). For most of the time plants reach about 20 inches high (50 cm). However after a few years the plant produces tall flowering stalks, which can reach 20 feet high (6 m).
Agave parryi blooms in the summer. The flowers are yellow.
If you live in an area that has large amounts of rain and snow then it is best to shelter Parry's Agave from cold, damp conditions.
Agave parryi Growing and Care Guide
Scientific Name: Agave parryi
Common Name: Parrys agave, Century plant
Growing Zone: USA: 7 to 10, UK: H2
Life Cycle / Plant Type: Indoor Plant, Perennial, Succulent, evergreen
Plant Height (Inches): 12 to 24
Plant Spread (Inches): 12 to 24
Time of Bloom:
Flower Details: White
Leaf Foliage: Blue, Silvery
Growth Form: Rounded
Ideal Growing Conditions
Best Light Conditions: Partially shady to full sunlight
Miscellaneous: Entices birdlife to the garden, Attractive foliage, North American native, Some parts are poisonous, Flowers are rare, Attractive flowers / blooms. Traditionaly used by indigenous Americans to make soap. The fibers of the plant are also useful.