Agave parryi

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Agave parryi Engelm.

Life form: shrub

Exposure: sun - Exposure: half shade   8

Moisture: dry

Soil: sand - Soil: gritty-sandy - Soil: sandy loam - Soil: gritty loam

Arrangement: basal
Leaves: evergreen

Shape: ovate-lanceolate

Division: simple

Shape: funnel-shaped
Fruit: loculicidal capsule

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Inflorescence: panicle

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified


Agave parryi is a succulent shrub.


Agave parryi was described by Georg Engelmann. The name is considered as validly published.


Agave parryi is a species in the genus Agave which contains approximately 257 to 341 species and belongs to the family of the Agavaceae (Century-plant Family). The type species of the genus is Agave americana.



The shrubs reach heights of 15 to 45 centimetres.

Wood and Bark


Agave parryi is evergreen. The yellow-green, simple leaves are basal. They are ovate-lanceolate with spiny margins.

Flowers and Fruits

Agave parryi produces panicles of yellow funnel-shaped flowers from May to June.

The shrubs produce loculicidal capsules.

Root System


Agave parryi is native to Arizona and Mexico.


The shrubs prefer a sunny to half-shady situation on dry soil. The substrate should be sandy, gritty-sandy, sandy-loamy or gritty-loamy soil. They tolerate temperatures down to -12°C (USDA zone 8).

Tolerance of special soil conditions

  • none: drought


Maintenance and Propagation

The plants usually require only a moderate amount of maintenance.


Pests and Diseases


  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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