Agave parryi truncata (Artichoke Agave)

Agave parryi truncata


Plant Type: Succulent
Family: Asparagaceae
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
Watering: Minimal, drought-tolerant
Colors: Blue-green
Size: Up to 2-3 feet tall and wide
Hardiness Zones: 7-10
Soil Type: Well-draining, cactus soil mixed with perlite or pumice
Soil pH: 6.0-7.5
Propagation: Offsets and seeds
Toxicity: Non-toxic

Agave parryi truncata, also known as Artichoke Agave, is a stunning blue-green succulent valued for its dramatic rosette shape and low-maintenance nature. In this post, I’ll share expert tips for care, propagation, and troubleshooting common issues.

How to Care for Agave parryi truncata


This sun-loving plant thrives in full sun, requiring at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily. If grown indoors, place it near a south-facing window to ensure adequate light.


Agave parryi truncata is drought-tolerant and requires minimal watering. Ensure the soil is completely dry between waterings to prevent root rot. In hot summer months, water every 2-3 weeks, while in winter, reduce to once a month.


Plant your Artichoke Agave in well-draining soil to prevent root rot. A mix of 50% cactus soil and 50% perlite or pumice is ideal. If planting outdoors, make sure the area has good drainage or consider using a raised bed.

Temperature and Humidity

Agave parryi truncata prefers a dry climate with temperatures between 65°F and 85°F. It can withstand temperatures as low as 15°F, but extended exposure to freezing temperatures may cause damage. Keep it away from drafty windows or air conditioners, and avoid high humidity environments.


Care for Agave parryi truncata with full sun, minimal watering, well-draining soil, and temperatures between 65-85°F. Avoid high humidity and protect from freezing temperatures.

How to Propagate Agave parryi truncata

Agave parryi truncata


Artichoke Agave produces offsets, or “pups,” which can be easily removed and replanted. Gently remove the pup from the mother plant, taking care not to damage the roots. Allow the offset to dry for a day or two, and then plant it in a well-draining soil mix.


Propagation by seeds is slower but still effective. Sow the seeds in a well-draining soil mix, cover lightly with a thin layer of soil, and mist gently. Keep the soil moist but not soggy, and place the container in a warm, brightly lit area. Germination typically occurs in 2-3 weeks.


Propagate Agave parryi truncata using offsets or seeds. Remove offsets carefully and let dry before replanting. Sow seeds in well-draining soil, maintain moisture, and provide warmth and light.

Fertilizing Your Agave parryi truncata

Fertilize your Artichoke Agave sparingly, as it requires minimal nutrients. Apply a balanced, slow-release fertilizer once a year, during the growing season, following the label instructions. Avoid over-fertilizing, which can lead to weak growth and a less compact rosette.

Common Pests and Diseases

Agave parryi truncata is relatively pest and disease-resistant, but may occasionally encounter some issues. Keep an eye out for the following common pests and diseases:

  1. Agave Snout Weevil: This beetle can cause significant damage to your Agave plant. Adult weevils lay eggs at the base of the plant, and the larvae then burrow into the plant, causing it to rot from the inside. Signs of infestation include a sudden collapse of the leaves or a mushy, rotting base. To prevent and control infestations, remove any dead or dying leaves, maintain proper watering practices, and use a systemic insecticide if needed.
  2. Mealybugs: These small, white, cotton-like insects suck sap from your plant, causing the leaves to yellow and weaken. To control mealybugs, remove them with a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol or use a non-toxic insecticidal soap.
  3. Scale insects: Similar to mealybugs, scale insects can be found on the leaves, stems, or roots of your Artichoke Agave. They appear as small, immobile bumps and can cause leaf discoloration and wilting. Treat scale infestations with insecticidal soap or horticultural oil.
  4. Root Rot: Overwatering or poor drainage can lead to root rot, a fungal disease that causes the roots to decay. Symptoms include wilting, yellowing leaves, and a soft, mushy base. To prevent root rot, ensure your plant is in well-draining soil and follow proper watering practices. If your plant is affected, remove it from the soil, trim away any decayed roots, and replant in fresh, well-draining soil.
  5. Leaf Spot: Fungal or bacterial leaf spots can cause yellow, brown, or black spots on the leaves. To prevent leaf spot, avoid overhead watering, and provide proper air circulation around the plant. If you notice leaf spots, remove affected leaves, and treat the plant with a fungicide or bactericide.


Fertilize Agave parryi truncata sparingly with slow-release fertilizer. Watch for pests like agave snout weevil, mealybugs, and scale insects, and diseases like root rot and leaf spot. Follow care practices to prevent issues.

Where to Buy

Buy Agave parryi truncata at Mountain Crest Gardens

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