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Agave parryi truncata

Artichoke Agave

This artichoke-shaped agave has beautiful blue-gray leaves with sharp spines running along the ridges. Each leaf is tipped with a long dark spike. Although it is a slow-grower, it can grow up to four feet wide. Watch for yellow flowers in mature specimens in the summer. It is monocarpic, but will produce offsets that continue growing after the mother plant has died.

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Quick Look:
  • Full sun

  • Not suited for indoor growing

  • Typical water needs for a succulent

  • Plant grows up to 36″ (91 cm) tall

    Plant grows up to 48″ (122 cm) wide

  • Zone 8a (Minimum 10° F | -12.2° C)

  • Not cold hardy

  • Propagation by offsets

  • Can be toxic to humans and animals

  • Actively grows in Spring and Fall

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Care and Propagation Information

General Care for Agave parryi truncata “Artichoke Agave”

Agave parryi truncata “Artichoke Agave” is a great addition to a rock or container garden. It can grow quite large, and mature plants may take up to 10 years before flowering.

Watering

“Artichoke Agave” has typical watering needs for a succulent. It’s best to use the “soak and dry” method, and allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings.

Where to Plant

Agave parryi truncata is not cold hardy, so if you live in a zone that gets colder than 10° F (-12.2° C), it’s best to plant this succulent in a container that can be brought indoors and placed under a grow light.

Plant in an area of your garden that gets 6 hours of sunlight a day.

How to Propagate Agave parryi truncata “Artichoke Agave”

Agave parryi truncata “Artichoke Agave” can be propagated from offsets.

To grow “Artichoke Agave” from offsets, use a sterile, sharp knife or pair of scissors. Remove an offset from the main plant, and allow it to callous for several days before placing on well-draining soil. Water whenever the soil has dried out completely.

Caution: Agave parryi truncata “Artichoke Agave” is deer resistant, but should be carefully planted. The spikes at the tips of the leaves are very sharp, and the sap can be harmful to humans and pets. 

Pairs Well With

Sedum nussbaumerianum “Coppertone Sedum”

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