Family: Asparagaceae, formerly Agavaceae
Common Name: Parry's agave
Origin: Agave parryi has a widespread range throughout North America, occupying the upper Sonoran and lower transitional zones, at altitudes of 1,200 to 2,800 meters above sea level. The species is distributed throughout the entirety of Arizona, the mountains of western Chihuahua and Durango, southeastern New Mexico, and extreme western Texas. The type specimen was found within Graham County, Arizona.
Description: A. parryi is a compact, medium sized agave with glaucous leaves, oval in shape and lined with dark marginal spines. The leaves end in a black terminal spine, and create a symmetrical rosette, forming dense colonies as agave offset. Blooming occurs in summer, during which a tall (up to 4m) flowering stalk develops, branched with numerous golden blooms.
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