artichoke agave Agavaceae Agave parryi

Leaf:Evergreen, succulent, pale green to glaucous blue, forming a rosette of entire to spine-edged leaves, each leaf tipped with a long (to 1 inch) red-brown spine.
Flower:A tree-like flower stalk to 20 feet tall that is produced once, generally after the rosette reaches about 20 years old; side branches bear clusters of yellow flowers; flowering mid-summer.
Fruit:A dry leathery/woody capsule 2 inches long.
Form:An artichoke-like basal rosette growing to 2 feet tall by 3 feet wide, with occasional flowering stalks to 20 feet tall.

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