Agave parryi var. truncata
“Artichoke Agave”

Agave parryi var. truncata Artichoke Agave

Looking like a big, beautiful, blue artichoke flower, this low-growing “Century Plant” pups readily to form a dense colony of showy ever-blue rosettes. Each ethereal grey-blue-green leaf is edged with teensy mahogany-hued spines that culminate in a showy spike at the tip. Growing up to 1-3’ high and 2-4’ wide, it makes a show-stopping centerpiece for a small garden or container, or a large-scale otherworldly groundcover for larger gardens. Once a rosette is mature (usually after 10 years or so), it will flower with a single, towering flower spike that can reach up to 20’ tall topped by a candelabra of brilliant yellow flowers loved by hummers and bees. Once the flowering finishes, that single rosette will die, but the rest will live on. Provide excellent drainage for best health. Deer resistant and exceptionally drought tolerant once established, needing little to no additional water (especially in coastal gardens).

Plant Unicorn

Sun/Part Sun
Low/No Summer water

Perennial Succulent
USDA zones 8-10