• Agave parryi var. couesii

Agave parryi var. couesii

Coues Agave, Coues Century Plant
Size: ex 1.5L pot

Availability: In stock

£13.99

Quick Overview

  • Compact architectural form
  • Pale blueish-green foliage
  • Hardy to at least -15C with good drainage
  • Full sun

Description

Agave parryi var. couesii (Coues Agave) is a very attractive variety of Agave parryi with a compact yet open symmetrical form and smaller narrower leaves that are noticeably more green than the usually darker steel-grey-blueish colour of the type species. This colouration matures into a pale bluish-green. The rosette is also more open than Agave parryi. These are the main obvious differences that the grower and collector notices but there are also taxonomic differences in the flower which is smaller in this variety with the tepal tips more densely covered in minute hairs than Agave parryi.

Agave parryi var. couesii grows in Central Arizona in Gila and Yavapai Counties on the highland slopes of the Aqua Fria and Verde River watersheds at the most north-westerly part of the distribution of Agave parryi in dispersed chapparal, oak woodlands amd mixed pine and juniper scrub on gravelly gradients at elevations of 1100-2100 metres above sea level. Like Agave parryi it is a very tough and cold-tolerant Agave and given good drainage Agave parryi var. couesii is capable of surviving down to at least -15C and probably more. We find it suckers freely and the offsets can start appearing when the plants are as young as two years old.

It tolerates the typically wet conditions of a British summer and under such conditions has a moderate growth rate, neither stunningly fast nor painfully slow. 

A highly recommended Agave - not often available - which because of its extreme frost hardiness and attractive sculptural form is suitable both for the beginner and for the connoisseur.

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Suckers freely indeed Review by Ferdinand
Funny you mention that it suckers freely in the write up.
Upon planting up I found mine to have a little sucker too, so planted at a slant to allow more light to it and it's developing quickly.
(Posted on 17/11/2018)

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Agave parryi var. couesii

Coues Agave, Coues Century Plant
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