Agave parryi ssp. parryi
Photo (left) courtesy of Joshua Hincks
Artfully designed by the Agave angels, who wouldn’t want to grow this hardy succulent with its impressive symmetry and form? 100 or more densely packed gray-blue leaves edged in black thorns form a stunning rosette 1-2’ tall x 1-3’ across. Christmas tree panicle of yellow flowers on 20’ stalk after several years. After blooming, the rosette will die (so it goes), but any offshoots will live on. Deer resistant. Needs little in the way of water or care or thought, just give it plenty of sun and a well drained spot if your soil is heavy and wet. This Mexican species is used to produce mescal beer. Ambitious home brewers, please report back to us with your results!