Agave parryi huachuensis
Agave applanata var. huachucensis
Agave parryi huachuensis is native to the Huachuca Mountains, Arizona. It usually grows in oak woodlands and pine forests (at an altitude of 1500-2500 metres above sea level).
It is a perennial succulent. The short, grey leaves of its compact rosette present toothed margins and a brown terminal spine. After ten years of life, the plant can bloom: the flower spike can reach 5 metres height, and the yellow inflorescense is tinged in pink-red when in bud. After flowering, the Agave dies.
This succulent does great outside in rock gardens. It is adaptable, but it prefers sllightly-acid, well-drained soils. It needs full sun or lightly shaded areas, and it is very resistant to drought; it is also one of the most cold-hardy Agaves. A slow-release, specific fertilizer given once or twice a year will help it grow faster.
Propagation can be done by seeds or by basal suckers (remove them in spring or summer, let the cuttings dry, then put them in compost).
Agave parryi huachuensis , once roasted, was a traditional dish of Mescalero, a Native America Apache tribe. Beacuse of this ancient use, it was called “Mescal”.