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Artichoke Agave

Artichoke Agave

Regular price $48.00 USD
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Plant Type: Agaves
Plant Height: 1-3 feet
Spread: 2-4 feet
Flower Color: yellow
Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Shade


Agave parryi var. truncata, or Artichoke Agave, is named for its resemblance to an artichoke. It forms a dense, symmetrical rosette of short, broad, blue-gray leaves. The leaves have a distinctive truncation at the tip, hence the name "truncata." They are edged with small, dark spines and end in a large, dark terminal spine, giving the plant a dramatic and sculptural appearance.

This agave variety is native to high-altitude regions in Mexico and is adapted to arid, rocky environments. It is highly drought-tolerant, making it an excellent choice for xeriscaping, rock gardens, and desert landscapes. Its compact size and striking form also make it suitable for container gardening, where it can add a dramatic touch to patios, balconies, or courtyards.

Artichoke Agave requires minimal care, thriving in well-drained soils and needing only occasional watering once established. Full sun exposure helps the plant develop its best color and form, but it can also tolerate partial shade, especially in extremely hot climates.

The flowering of Artichoke Agave is a rare and significant event. When it blooms, the plant produces a tall flower spike, sometimes several feet in height, adorned with bright yellow flowers. This bloom attracts various pollinators and marks the end of the plant's life cycle. After flowering, the main plant typically dies but often leaves behind offsets or "pups" that can be replanted.

Overall, Artichoke Agave is a visually striking, low-maintenance plant that adds significant architectural interest to gardens. Its unique leaf shape and color, combined with its drought tolerance, make it a highly desirable species for creating impactful and water-wise garden designs.

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