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Agave parrasana

Family: Agavaceae (ah-gav-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Agave (a-GAH-vee) (Info)
Species: parrasana (par-ra-sah-na) (Info)

Synonym:Agave wislizeni

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Cactus and Succulents

under 6 in. (15 cm)
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:
Unknown - Tell us

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is monocarpic
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting
Plant is viviparous

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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2 positives
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive GermanStar On Mar 25, 2011, GermanStar from Fountain Hills, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

Confederate Rose (A. potatorum, A. pygmaea, or a potatorum/pygmaea hybrid) is not A. parrasana. A. parrasana is a larger, more attractive plant, sort of a jumbo A. parryi truncata, with very smooth leaves, reaching about 30" in diameter.

Neutral agave57 On Mar 2, 2009, agave57 from St. David, AZ (Zone 8a) wrote:

I was curious about the "Confederate Rose" agave labeled parrasana because it seems very different from the species--many experts seem to think it's mislabeled--a hybrid of unknown species, but defintely not a parrasana.

Negative cactusmother On Jun 30, 2007, cactusmother from Scottsdale, AZ wrote:

My agave parrasana was planted about 9 months ago, so it should have had time to acclimate. It gets the noon and afternoon sun.....and it is now suffering from sunburn and seems to be drying out. I live in the Phoenix area and it has been hot. I love the plant and want to save it. I also like it in this location; do I have to move it? More water? Any suggestions?

Positive wnstarr On Oct 22, 2003, wnstarr from Puyallup, WA (Zone 5a) wrote:

What a beauty of a miniature Agave. It grows as an excellent potted plant, offsets abundantly, will form mounds in the pot or landscape. It is only hardy to 25F. Love the blue green foliage, easy to see why it is called a Confederate Rose, tight foliage resembles a rose. Each mature plant is only about 4 inches across. Caution as the spiny tips are very sharp.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Jones, Alabama
Fountain Hills, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Queen Creek, Arizona
Bonsall, California
Reseda, California
San Diego, California
San Leandro, California
Vista, California
Miami, Florida
Tallahassee, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida
Austin, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Shepherd, Texas
Puyallup, Washington

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