Agave parryi truncata: How to Grow and Care for Artichoke Agave

Agave parryi truncata Artichoke Agave

Scientific name: Agave parryi truncata

Common name: Artichoke Agave

There are blue-gray leaves with sharp spines running along the ridges. Each leaf has a long dark spike. It can grow up to four feet wide. There are yellow flowers in mature specimen in the summer. It is monocarpic, but will produce offsets that will grow after the mother plant dies.

Quick Look at Agave parryi truncata

  • Full sun
  • Typical water needs for a succulent
  • Plant grows up to 36″ (91 cm) tall
    Plant grows up to 48″ (122 cm) wide
  • Zone 8a (Minimum 10° F | -12.2° C)
  • Not cold hardy
  • Propagation by offsets
  • Can be toxic to humans and animals
  • Winter Dormant

General Care for Agave parryi truncata “Artichoke Agave”

The Artichoke Agave is a great addition to a rock or container garden. It can grow large, and mature plants can take up to 10 years to bloom.


The watering needs for a succulent are typical. The “soak and dry” method will allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings.

Where to Plant

If you live in a zone that gets colder than 10 F (-12.2 C), it’s best to grow Agave parryi truncata in a container that can be brought indoors and placed under a grow light.

There is an area of your garden that gets 6 hours of sunlight a day.

How to Propagate Agave parryi truncata “Artichoke Agave”

Agave parryi truncata “Artichoke Agave” can be grown from offsets.

Use a sterile, sharp knife or pair of scissors to grow achoke Agave. Allow the main plant to callous for several days before placing it on well-draining soil. Water whenever the soil has dried out.

Agave parryi truncata “Artichoke Agave” is deer resistant, but should be carefully planted. The spikes at the tips of the leaves are very sharp, and can be harmful to humans and pets.


  1. Agave parryi truncata (Artichoke Agave) – Wikipedia

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