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PlantFiles: Agave
Agave parviflora

Family: Agavaceae (ah-gav-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Agave (a-GAH-vee) (Info)
Species: parviflora (par-VEE-flor-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Agave parviflora subsp. parviflora
Synonym:Agave hartmanii

2 members have or want this plant for trade.

Cactus and Succulents

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
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

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

Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; direct sow after last frost

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

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2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive wormfood On Jan 26, 2009, wormfood from Lecanto, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

this plant did very well for me with the freeze of Jan. 2009.

Positive palmbob On Jul 27, 2006, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Got this plant as a dinky seedling bare root about a year ago, and noticed it looked a lot like A victoriae reginae- similar striking white markings on the leaves, though the leaves are markedly thinner and produce white, curling 'hairs'. And now, a year later, this plant has performed quite well, easily growing 2-4x the rate of any of the Agave victoriaes I have ... so if you want a highly ornamental agave with the same markings as an A victoriae reginae, but can only afford a seedling, this is a good compromise... makes an incredilby ornamental potted plant as well a good reliable garden plant (though seems to stay somewhat small, so can get lost in a busy landscape). But it is VERY sharp and has very stiff, unyielding leaves.

Neutral htop On Feb 9, 2005, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

It has white bud printin on the leaves.

Neutral miseryschild On Feb 21, 2004, miseryschild from Monterey, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

This is a new agave for me. I bought it at our local nursery. There were 4 "mom's" and ooddles of babies. Seperating was very difficult. All seem to be doing good.


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

Phoenix, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Bostonia, California
Hesperia, California
Reseda, California
San Leandro, California
Loxahatchee, Florida
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Monterey, Tennessee
Houston, Texas

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