Agave parrasana

Synonyms:

Agave wislizeni subsp. parrasana

Habitat:

This succulent, native to North East Mexico, grows in mountainous areas at high elevetion, on chaparral shrub, pine-oak forests on limestone and grassy slopes. It is endemic to a very small area in  south-eastern Coahuila.

Description:

This small sized Agave produces a compact, subspherical and symmetical rosette, that usually is 60 cm tall and wide. The waxy leaves are short, stout, oboval; they are grey-green covered in a silver dusting. On the margins, there are brown-greenish spines, and a thin red terminal spine. Flower buds are red, until they get ripen: blooming, they get yellow. They are protected by thick bract leaves. Filaments are long, reddish purple, while anthers are yellow. Agave Parrasana blooms once in summer, then it dies.

Cultivation:

Agave Parrasana does well both in containers and well-drained, porous spots outside. They needs full sun to be healthy, compact, and to get their tipical blue-grey shade. Water only when soil gets dry, and in winter, once every 1-2 months. It is hardy to frosting temperatures, down to  – 12° C when dry. Agave Parrasana is also excellently heat and drought tolerant; however, for its wellness, prevent drastic changes in its growing conditions.

Propagation:

Propagation can be done by seeds, or by suckers: remove them in summer, let them dry, then put them in compost.

Curiosity:

The name of this Agave is a geographical epithet: it refers to its location in the Sierra de Parras.

Official Web Site:
www.giromagi.com

Italian Blog:
www.giromagicactus.com

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