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Nugent, Louis R
Agave parryi Engelm.
Parry's agave, Century plant, Parry agave
Agavaceae (Century-Plant Family)
USDA Symbol: agpa4
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
Like all agave plants, this plant is, for several years, a rosette of stiff, succulent, sword-like leaves. These 1 ft., spine-tipped leaves eventually subtend a tall flowering stalk supporting a cluster of yellow flowers at its tip. After the plant flowers, it dies.
Agaves are often called century plants and require many years to flower, but not a century. They provided southwestern Native American with food, beverages, fiber, soap, medicine, and lances. Today the liquors mescal, pulque, and tequila are made from the juice of the Mexican species.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug
, TX Native Distribution: NM, AZ
& n. Mex. Native Habitat:
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry, rocky soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
BenefitUse Food: The Indians ate the stems when the stems were young.
Use Other: It was important to the Indians for fiber.
Interesting Foliage: yes
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)
is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
Record Last Modified: 2013-06-27
Research By: TWC Staff