General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Leaves: Glaucous
Fruit: Dehiscent
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Yellow
Inflorescence Height: 10-20 feet
Underground structures: Rhizome
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Will Naturalize
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Drought tolerant
Toxicity: Other: The juice from many species of agave can cause acute contact dermatitis that produces reddening and blistering lasting approximately one to two weeks. Itching may recur up to a year later without a visible rash. Dried parts of the plants can be handled sa
Propagation: Seeds: Can handle transplanting
Other info: Sow in shallow pots with a well draining, sterile mix; 50/50 organic/inorganic of coarse perlite, pumice; sphagnum peat or good compost. Avoid manures. Irrigate from below. Provide bright, indirect light and a transparent cover to retain moisture.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Other: Bulbils
Pollinators: Moths and Butterflies
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth
Awards and Recognitions: RHS AGM
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern
Common names
  • Parry's Agave
  • Century Plant
  • Mezcal Blanco
  • Parry’s Century Plant
  • Maguey

Photo Gallery
Location: San Diego
Date: 2018-05-17
Location: Oro Valley, Arizona (Oro Valley Hospital)
Date: 2018-10-11
Agave with broken inflorescence in full  bloom
Location: Jardi Botanic de Soller - Mallorca - Spain
Date: 2017-05-16
Location: South Jordan, Utah, United States
Date: 2018-12-29
Location: RHS Wisley, UK.
Date: 2022-10-26

Photo courtesy of: davidbygott
Photo by dave
Location: UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens
Date: 2008-07-24
Location: RHS Wisley, UK.
Date: 2022-10-26
Location: Botanical Garden of Barcelona
Date: 2019-04-22
Location: Las Cruces, NM
Date: Apr 23, 2012
Location: Cactus oase (The Netherlands)
Date: 2017-05-16
Location: Kerrville, TX
Date: June 2004
Photo by mcvansoest
Location: Heated Greenhouse
Date: 2020-05-29
I thought I'd share my Agave Parryi seedlings I'm a beginner to g
Location: Kerrville, TX
Date: May 2003
Location: UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens
Date: 2008-07-24
Location: Coastal San Diego County 
Date: 2018-04-21
Torrey Pines State Park
Location: Jacksonville, TX
Date: 2015-05-10
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Date: 2022-04-04
ID according to iNaturalist, have a little doubt
Location: NYBG 
Date: June 14 22
Location: Pacific Northwest, zone 8
Date: Feb 18, 2012
Photo taken at Home Grown Gardens Nursery
Location: Las Cruces, NM
Date: Apr 23, 2012
Location: Las Cruces, NM
Date: Apr 15, 2012

Photo courtesy of: davidbygott
Location: Cambridge University Botanic Garden
Date: July
credit: Magnus Manske
Location: Las Cruces, NM
Date: May 13, 2012
Location: Las Cruces, NM
Date: May 13, 2012
Location: Las Cruces, NM
Date: May 13, 2012
Location: Jacksonville, TX
Date: 2015-05-10
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Agave parryi var. truncata by mcvansoest Jan 23, 2016 5:13 PM 2
Agave parryi by valleylynn May 18, 2018 8:47 PM 7

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