Agave parryi – Mescal Agave, Parry’s Century Plant


Agave parryi is one of the hardiest agave species, tolerating both cold and a fair amount of wet weather.  Rosettes of blue-green leaves with dark spines are 1.5 to 2 feet tall and wide, making an intriguing addition to the succulent, rock, or water-wise garden. Plants can bloom in roughly a decade or so, sending up flower stocks to 12 feet tall. Like most other agave, after they flower, they die, leaving any offsets they produced to take their place. The particular A. parryi plants we carry are pups of plants grown from seed collected at about 7000 feet in elevation in Arizona. The mother plants have been tested in both pots and planted in the ground in Western Oregon, and have held up well despite winter rain.

Sold as pups rooted for one year in 3″ pots.


  • Max height: 2′ (rosette), 12′ (flower spike)
  • Max spread: 2.5′
  • Hardiness: USDA Zone 5
  • Light: Full sun to part shade, prefers not to have reflected heat
  • Water: 1x per month during the heat of summer
  • Soil: Well-drained

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