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Artichoke Agave

Agave parryi var. truncata

Mature Height*: 

2-3 ft

Mature Width*: 

2-3 ft

USDA Hardiness Zone Range:

9 to 11

Hardy to: 


Water Requirements: 

Drought Tolerant

Shade Requirements:

Full Sun, Partial Shade

Native to:

Durango & Zacatecas, Mexico

The aptly named Artichoke Agave is a squat, compact form of Agave parryi that resembles, you guessed it-- an artichoke. It sports rounded, blue-gray leaves with black, toothed edges ending in black to reddish brown terminal spines. This cute agave is on the smaller side, and looks great planted in groups. In the wild it is found in a limited part of the Mexican state of Durango, so it is more common in cultivation than in the wild. Once established, the Artichoke Agave needs no supplemental water. At the end of its life, this (and all agaves) sprouts a 10-20 foot branching flower stalk with clusters of reddish yellow buds. Never fear, though, as this agave multiples by suckering, and will produce offsets that can be divided and replanted.

*Height and width estimated for growth in the Tucson, AZ area. True sizes may vary.

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