Wild Agave parryi, Century plant


Seed packet 35 count/$3.99, 1,000/$29.99

Agave is perhaps one of the most intriguing exotic species on earth, plants sometimes used in science fiction TV shows such as the 1960’s Star Trek because they have the appearance of being from another world.  Once believed to bloom only once every century, science has since proven the bloom only once every 15 or so years.

Agave parryi, known as Parry’s agave or mescal agave, is a flowering plant in the family Asparagaceae. It is a slow-growing succelent perennial native to Arizona, New Mexico and northern Mexico.

The leaves are grey green and have a spine at the tip. One of the distinguishing features is that the point on the tip, which is typically dark tan, brown, or black, is darker than the leaf. Indentations of previous leaves show on the back of each leaf. The Huachuca variety grows in a rosette pattern as large as 2½ feet in diameter.

Because of its compact size, plus its low water use and low maintenance, Huachuca agave is considered a good landscaping plant for desert residential landscaping. It requires full sun. It is hardy to roughly −5 °F (−21 °C), though there are reports of specimens surviving temperatures at −20 °F (−29 °C).

Parry’s agave is evergreen. Aged agave produce a twelve-foot stalk with bright yellow blooms. They then die after blooming, as all leaf and root resources are put into the stalk, flowers, and seeds. It can be propagated by either offset or seed.

This plant has gained the Royal Horticulture Society’s Award of Garden Merit.

Seed packet 35 count/$3.99, 1,000/$29.99



Seed packet 35 count/$3.99, 1,000/$29.99


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35 count/$3.99, 1,000/$29.99


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