Scientific: Agave parryi var. truncata
Common: Mescal agave, Gentry's agave
Family: Asparagaceae (subfamily Agavoideae)
Origin: Mexico (Durango, Zacatecas)

Pronounciation: A-GA-ve par-REE-eye trun-CA-ta

Hardiness zones
11-13, 18-24
USDA 9-11 (semi arid to arid zones only)

Landscape Use: Coarse accent for succulent and rock gardens, desert gardens, native landscape planting themes.

Form & Character: Short, stout, stiffly well armed, basal rosetting, dangerous but at the same time, cute as a button.

Growth Habit: Evergreen rosetting succulent agave, slow growing to 3 feet tall with equal spread that produces basal offsets, monocarpic.

Foliage/Texture: Dusty silver-blue foliage, basal rosetting, ovate and triangulated to 10 inches long with 5 inches spread, widest at base, each leaf is well armed with a stout apical spine 1.5 inches long and marginal spines to 5/8 inch long, spines reddish black in color; coarse texture.

Flowers & Fruits: A single terminal paniculate flower stalk to 12 feet with bright lemon yellow flowers after 25 years; fruit capsulated.

Seasonal Color: None

Temperature: Hardy to 15oF, otherwise very heat tolerant.

Light: Full sun

Soil: Avoid poorly drained soils, needs good drainage.

Watering: Little to none required after establishment.

Pruning: It is advisable to clip foliar spines if located in areas of human traffic.

Propagation: Basal offset, seed

Disease and pests: Agave snout weevil (Scyphophorus acupunctatus) will attack several agave species in the low desert of Arizona.

Additional comments: Overall, Agave parryi has one of the most extensive ranges of any agave. It extends from central Arizona and southwestern New Mexico, south to Sonora, Chihuahua, Durango, Zacatecas and Guanajuato, Mexico. Plants are widely scattered on rocky open slopes in grassland, oak woodland, pine and oak forests and Arizona chaparral at elevations from 3000 to 7500 ft.  The variety truncata is from the southern range of A. parryi, and is thus more cold sensitive. It is a exquisite small, blue-gray agave for small desert garden spaces and containers. Other recognized varieties of A. parryi include A. parryi var. parryi (Parry's agave), A. parryi var. couesii (Coues agave), and A. parryi var. huachucensis (Huachuca agave).

Agaves are prized around the world for their interesting forms, textures, and colors.