Parry's Agave

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Spiky balls of concentric rugged beauty, the Parry's Agave Plant (Agave parryi) is a unique and beneficial desert plant that looks fantastic in your Xeric landscape and sunny gardens! The bold blue-green leaves form tight rosettes of plump, succulent leaves, each accented by a black edge of toothy short spines.

Growing 1-2 feet tall and 2-3 feet wide in time, these slow-growing succulent plants are exceptionally useful additions to drought-prone climates. With a rich history among indigenous tribes as weaving material and food, the strong architectural growth and form stand out as an impressive landscaping plant in some of the harshest conditions your garden can throw at them!

Even though these plants rarely bloom, Parry's Agave has incredibly high amounts of sweet nectar in their spires of yellow flower clusters! This is beneficial for a wide variety of pollinators, bees, and Nectar Bats! The nectar is also used to make a natural sugar substitute called Agave Nectar and all parts of the plant are considered to be edible by wildcrafters! The leaves even have saponins and suds up like soap!

These long-lived plants earned the name Century Plant because of their longevity! Hardy throughout a wide range of arid USDA growing zones from 7 through 10! Handling brief chill and snow, but appreciate some cover if the snow or frost plans on sticking around.

Planting and Application:

An interesting perennial succulent native to the deserts of North and Central America. Thick rigid leaves are silvery blue-silvery green leaves with a short dark spine on the tips to keep trespassers from crossing boundaries and encourage foot traffic to stay on a pathway. 

Parry's Agave is an incredible formal accent when spaced in orderly groupings or rows, but also looks great mixed among other succulents, Agaves, and Xeric plants in Rock Gardens and arid climate gardens too! Plant large swaths of these curiosities en masse for a unique and low-maintenance display.

Pot up as a unique planter or container specimen and kick things up a notch by planting pairs on either side of your steps or sunny front door in large urns! Hot sunny front gardens and foundation plantings gain a low-maintenance and very showy accent!

Agave may not flower unless very happy (and much older) but if it does, the main plant will die and will produce 'pups' or 'daughter' plants at the base that you can transplant around your garden and into containers and houseplants and patio accents.

  • Blue-Green Upright Succulent Leaves
  • Dark Edges With Small Spines
  • Rare Yellow Nectar-Rich Blooms For Bats & Pollinators
  • Unique Xeric Container & Rock Garden Accent
  • Formal & Whimsical Texture & Architectural Specimens Plants

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Parry's Agave needs consistently sunny locations and well-drained soils, anything soggy or shady will spell disaster. Water new plants regularly using the Finger Test method to avoid over-watering. Trim any damaged leaves away at the base of the plant or trim off smaller portions that have died back to clean up the mound.

  • Full Sun
  • Very Well-Drained Soil
  • Low Maintenance & Easy Care
  • Tolerates Salt & Drought
  • Deer Seldom Bother With These Plants

Parry's Agave is the big bold spiky blue textural plant your Xeric garden or container display needs to set it apart from the neighborhood! Hurry and order this unique desert gem today from Nature Hills Nursery!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Parry's Agave Is Suited to Grow in Zones 7-10
Growing Zones 7-10
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Agave parryi
Type Succulent
Mature Height 1 - 2 feet
Mature Spread 2 - 3 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained Soil
Moisture Low
Growth Rate Slow
Flower Color Yellow
Fall Color Evergreen
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering
Fragrant No