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Agave parrasana

Pronunciation: Uh-gah-vay pah-rah-sah-nuh
Family: Agavaceae
Common Name: Cabbage head agave
Plant Type:
  • perennial
  • succulent and cactus
Height to: 3'
Width to: 3'
USDA Hardiness Zones:
  • 20 to 10ºF ZONE 8
  • 30 to 20ºF ZONE 9
  • 40 to 30ºF ZONE 10
  • 50 to 40ºF ZONE 11
  • 70 to 60ºF ZONE 13
Notes for Identification: Origin: chaparral shrub and pine-oak forests on limestone in a few mountains in southeastern coahuila, mexico from 4,500-8,000' elevation. Hardiness zones sunset 11-13, 18-24 usda 8 - 11 (semi arid to arid zones only) landscape use: coarse accent for succulent and rock gardens, desert gardens, native landscape planting themes, great as a container plant, patio gardens form & character: short, stout, stiffly well armed, dangerous growth habit: evergreen rosetting succulent agave slow growing to 2-3' tall with equal spread that rarely produces offsets, monocarpic. Foliage/texture: foliage is typically strap shaped, waxy blue-gray, relatively short and broad, 8-12" in length and nearly 6" in width when mature. Leaves a marginally armed with spines that are largest near the leaf tip and get progressively shorter towards the leaf base. Overall, very coarse texture. Flowers & fruits: eventually produces a single 15-20' panicled (short branching) flower stalk, flowers have distinctly long reddish purple filaments and yellow anthers. Seasonal color: none temperature: hardy to 15of, otherwise very heat tolerant. Light: full sun soil: avoid poorly drained soils, needs good drainage. Watering: irrigate once every 2-3 weeks in summer. Pruning: it may be advisable to clip foliar tip spines if located in areas of human traffic. Propagation: seed, generally difficult to propagate asexually because it produces so few basal offshoots. Disease and pests: agave snout weevil (scyphophorus acupunctatus), treat preventatively with registered pesticide during the spring or fall. The agave snout weevil can lay eggs between the densely compacted basal portion of the leaf rosettes of this agave. Grubs eat the agave interior leaf and stem tissues. Wounded tissues become infected with decay bacteria that ultimately can kill the plant. Agave are also prone to phytophthora fungus under damp and poorly drained soil conditions mostly during the summer months. Additional comments: overall, agave parrasana is a wonderful smallish agave with a striking bold texture, sort of a 'beefed up' a. Parryi. It's size makes it a great agave for smaller tough spaces. Source: asu
USDA Heat Zones (days above 86ºF):
  • 90 to 120 days ZONE 8
  • 120 to 150 days ZONE 9
  • 150 to 180 days ZONE 10
  • 180 to 210 days ZONE 11
  • Greater then 210 ZONE 12
Seed photo: 0
Located in: Succulents
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