Scientific name: Agave parryi
Etymology: The species is named after Charles Christopher Parry (1823-1890), British-born American physician, botanist, plant collector and explorer
Common names: agave artichoke. Agave mescale, Agave ‘Artichoke’
Origin: USA (Arizona, New Mexico), Mexico (Chihuahua, Durango)
How to take care of Agave parryi:
Also known as Agave ‘Artichoke’ is a beautiful Agave with a compact shape with symmetrical rosettes reminiscent of those of an artichoke. It produces suckers from the base.
Although they grow slowly, they reach a diameter of 90 cm, and a height of 60 cm depending on the subspecies. Very interesting is the variety: Agave Parryi var Truncata with coirte and compact leaves.
The rosettes are symmetrical and are formed by compact gray/silvery blue to blue leaves that resemble petals. Along the margins, it has small, spaced reddish-brown teeth and a terminal spine at the tip.
When it blooms, it produces bright, fragrant yellow flowers.
Best way to water it soak and dry method and let the soil dry completely.
How to Propagate Artichoke Agave :
Easy, it is a very resistant plant to both heat and drought. It is perfect for urban and rock gardens, although it is slow-growing and requires very little maintenance. Ensure a soil with good drainage and, in winter even if it is cold-tolerant (-8 ° C dry), it is always best to keep the soil as dry as possible. Throughout the year ensure full sun exposure or, in summer, light shade. As with many plants, where possible, it is best to have them receive full morning sun and high shade for the rest of the day. In the growing season from March to November, wet abundantly but only when dry.