Agave parryi ssp. parryi
Photo (left) courtesy of Joshua Hincks
Looking like it was designed rather than grown with beautiful symmetry and form, compact size, plus those grey blue leaves and black thorns. It’s quite a package: slick, modern and it needs little in the way of water or care or thought. Grows from 1-3’ high and wide. Some forms sucker, some do not. Give it plenty of sun and a well drained spot if your soil is heavy and wet. If you’re very patient, you will get to see the 20’ tall blooming spike, with its golden yellow flowers. After blooming, the rosette will die. (So it goes.) This Mexican species is used to produce mescal beer. Ambitious home brewers, please report back to us with your results!