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Cacti and Succulents: A celebration of Agave parryi

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GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

November 15, 2012
11:52 AM

Post #9333981

Another thread inspired this, intended to pay homage to A. parryi, a favorite of many. There are five named varieties, along with countless intergrades and at least two natural hybrids. The named varieties are:

A. parryi ssp. neomexicana
A. parryi ssp. parryi
A. parryi ssp. parryi v. couseii
A. parryi ssp. parryi v. huachucensis
A. parryi ssp. parryi v. truncata

The first pics show the v. truncata variety, not necessarily the most impressive of the group, but certainly the most popular, largely because they are gorgeous when small and available for sale. Other larger, more impressive versions aren't nearly this attractive when young.

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GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

November 15, 2012
11:54 AM

Post #9333985

Next up is v. couseii, the smallest of the bunch. I have two examples, one of which has now recovered from a terrible Agave mite infestation (lesions are still visible).

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GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

November 15, 2012
11:56 AM

Post #9333987

Then the largest of the bunch, v. huachucensis. I've had this plant three years now, and it still has a ways to go before it grows into genuine eye candy. Patience...

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GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

November 15, 2012
11:58 AM

Post #9333990

Next up is my absolute favorite, a version rarely seen and vastly underused, ssp. parry v. parryi. It's still young, but will grow into a tight, round artichoke shape about twice the size of v. truncata within the next 2-3 years.

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GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

November 15, 2012
12:01 PM

Post #9333996

Finally, ssp. neomexicana, easily confused with ssp. parryi v. couseii, but with more rigid, more concave leaves.

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DMersh
Perth
United Kingdom
(Zone 7b)

November 21, 2012
12:06 PM

Post #9339165

They all look great but think my favourite is the neomexicana variety. Deadly looking spines on that one!

GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

November 21, 2012
7:07 PM

Post #9339479

Thank you, no argument -- neomexicana is a favourite of a great many.

palmbob

palmbob
Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)


November 25, 2012
6:56 PM

Post #9342478

I saw a plant identified as A parryi var havardiana... is that its own species or was that sign completely off its mark? Here are some plants identified as A havardiana (can't find photo of that sign now)... these not an A parryi variety?

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GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

November 25, 2012
7:54 PM

Post #9342545

They're all members of the Parryanae group, but A. havardiana is considered a separate species.

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