The artichoke agave, Agave Parryi is a herbaceous evergreen perennial succulent and a member of the family Asparagaceae along with many other agave plant varieties. It hails from Northern Mexico, Arizona, and New Mexico.
The genus name comes from the Greek word ‘agauos’ meaning “admirable,“ and references to the plant’s very impressive flower spikes. The species ‘parryi,’ honors the 19th-century physician, botanist and plant collector Charles C. Parry. These plants grow to 2′ feet high and 3′ feet wide. Flower spikes grow to 30′ feet high and may branch 20′ or 30′ feet wide. Individual rosettes flower only one time, usually around the age of 10 or 15 years. Some specimens, delay flowering until reaching 20 to 30 years of age. Mass plantings of Parry’s agave are extremely impressive. Every flowering plant will display a giant stalk reaching as 20 feet tall. Each stalk has multiple side branches (up to 30), and every branch is graced with hundreds of fragrant, bright yellow flowers.