Agave parryi ssp. truncata
Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
| ||Common Name: Agave|
Common Name (Alternative): Hardy Century Plant
This species is often described as the most beautiful of all Agaves, but with so many gorgeous specimens out there, how can you pick just one favorite? The beauty and grace of this formal looking Agave is undeniable.
Its wide, rounded, blue-grey leaves form a perfectly symmetrical, rounded rosette just about as wide as it is tall. Each leaf ends in a dark, pointed, terminal spike.
When the plant reaches maturity, it produces an incredibly tall flower spike that can reach heights of 20 feet. Agaves typically flower only once every 15-25 years. Though the mother plant dies after flowering, it produces an abundance of offspring during its lifetime so you should have plenty to spread around the garden or to share with friends.
Origin: Not Native to North America
Sun or Shade?:
Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
Low water needs
Average water needs
Need critter resistant plants?:
How fast should it grow?:
When should it bloom?:
Grown for its attractive foliage
How's your soil?:
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
Alkaline Soil (pH > 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
Agave is a tender perennial or "temperennial" succulent plant that grows best in full sun. Light afternoon shade is recommended in the hottest parts of the country. Plant in well-drained, dry to average soil in containers just slightly wider than the width of the rosette or plant directly in the ground. In summer when the plants are actively growing, they appreciate a bit of supplemental watering and half-strength fertilizer. They should be grown dry in winter. Agave is a slower grower, so it will not quickly overtake the space it is allotted in the landscape.