As the name implies, the is the Agave with the smallest flowers and is also one of the smallest Agaves. It often remains 4-6″ tall and 6-8″ across, although the plant in the collection was larger than that when acquired. Many of the descriptions talk about it having 3″ long leaves with white markings on both sides and the leaf margin. Our plant has hairs that come off both sides of the leaves but no white markings on the leaves, making me think that what we have is something different. Arizona also considers it endangered and protects it as Highly Safeguarded.
Another clue that what we have is different is that Agave parviflora is said to not have offshoots, and this plant does.
Pronunciation: a-GAH-vee par-VEE-flor-uh
Species Meaning: Small flowers
Agave parviflora is native to Arizona.
This is a winter dormant plant and so needs to be kept fairly dry in winter otherwise it could rot.
In Our Garden
Plant ID: P20157
Found in Greenhouse,
In here for protection from winter rains.
We acquired this plant from Home Depot.
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