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Agave parryi var. truncata 'Huntington' (Artichoke Agave)


Scientific Name

Agave parryi var. truncata 'Huntington'

Common Names

Artichoke Agave

Scientific Classification

Family: Asparagaceae
Subfamily: Agavoideae
Genus: Agave


Agave parryi var. truncata 'Huntington' is a succulent that forms tight rosettes of thick, broad, pale blue-gray leaves with widely spaced small teeth and a curved terminal spine. Dark reddish-brown on new leaves, the spines fade to gray on older leaves. The leaves carry on their lower surfaces the distinct imprints of the thorny leaf margins of the previous outer leaf-bud, adding intriguing beauty. Mature plants, over ten years, are topped with a magnificent flowering spike with unusual, bi-colored inflorescences. Tinged orange in the bud, the flowers open yellow. After flowering, the rosette dies, but new rosettes formed by offsets will slowly root at the mother rosette's base.


USDA hardiness zone 8a to 11b: from 10 °F (−12.2 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Agave is not a difficult plant to grow. They're slow-growing and dramatic and will even thrive on a bit of neglect. If you're the type of person who likes to fuss with houseplants and water a lot, Agave is probably not the plant for you. If, however, you're the type of person who likes to set it and forget it, and you have a sunny window, Agave might the way to go. Be aware that some of the large varieties will eventually outgrow your room (unless you have a large greenhouse), and Agave can be aggressive. They have irritating sap and sometimes very sharp thorns that can injure small children and even pets.

In general, Agaves do not need to be repotted every year. Most of the species commonly found in cultivation grow very slowly and take a long time to outgrow their pot. It's also best to handle your Agave as little as possible since they do not like to be disturbed. See more at How to Grow and Care for Agave.


This succulent is a cultivar of Agave parryi var. truncata.


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