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  Agave parryi ssp. parryi
  Family Name : Asparagaceae

  Synonyms : Agave parryi var. truncata

  Common Names : Artichoke Agave

Artichoke Agave
  • Record Info
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants)
      Plant Growth Form :
      Lifespan (in Singapore) :
      Mode of Nutrition :
      Plant Shape :
      Maximum Height :
      30 cm to 51 cm
      Maximum Plant Spread / Crown Width :
      51 m to 75 m
  • Biogeography
    • Native Distribution :
      Native Habitat :
      Terrestrial (Desert / Semi-Desert)
      Preferred Climate Zone :
      Desert / Arid
      Local Conservation Status :
      Exotic (Horticultural / Cultivated Only)
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Growth Form: Solitary or clump-forming succulent with a round shape up to 0.5 m tall.
      Foliage: Thick, blue-grey leaves are typically egg-shaped with the wider end at the tip, but sometimes with the narrow end at the tip (10-30 cm long, 8-13 cm wide). The leaf tip ends in a long, reddish brown terminal spine which is stiff and slightly wavy (2-2.5 cm long). The leaf margin is straight, lying flat below the marginal spines, and partly outlined by a thin reddish brown stripe near the tip. It is lined with reddish brown, hooked marginal spines which are larger near the tip.
      Flowers: Flower buds are yellow with red or pink tints, turning bright yellow when they open. They are arranged in rounded clusters along the upper half of the inflorescence stalk (3.4-6 m tall) on 18-30 thick branches.
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
  • Landscaping Features
    • Desirable Plant Features :
      Ornamental Foliage, Ornamental Form
      Plant & Rootzone Preference/Tolerance :
      Dry Soils / Drought, Well-Drained Soils
      Landscape Uses :
      Focal Plant, Container Planting
      Thematic Landscaping :
      Silver Garden
      Usage Hazards / Cons :
      Spines/Thorns - Leaf
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Full Sun, Semi-Shade
      Water Preference :
      Little Water
      Propagation Method :
      Seed, Sucker
  • Foliar
    • Foliage Retention :
      Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      [Remarks] (Bluish Grey)
      Mature Foliage Texture(s) :
      Smooth, Powdery / Waxy Bloom, Thick
      Foliar Modification :
      Spine (marginal)
      Foliar Type :
      Simple / Unifoliate
      Foliar Arrangement Along Stem :
      Rosulate / Rosette
      Foliar Attachment to Stem :
      Foliar Shape(s) :
      Non-Palm Foliage (Ovate; Obovate)
      Foliar Venation :
      Foliar Margin :
      Foliar Apex / Tip :
      Foliar Base :
      Truncate / Square
  • Floral (Angiosperm)
    • Flower & Plant Sexuality :
      Bisexual Flowers
      Flower Colour(s) :
      Yellow / Golden
      Flower Grouping :
      Cluster / Inflorescence
      Flower Location :
      Inflorescence Type :
      Flowering Habit :
      Monocarpic (Long-lived)
  • References
    • Irish, M. & Irish, G.. 2000. Agaves, Yuccas, and Related Plants. USA: Timber Press, Inc.. 312

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