The Artichoke agave is a good name for this round clumping species that produces a tight rosette of broad gray leaves with strongly toothed margins and stout pointed tips. Single plants grow 2-3 ft. in diameter; when plants mature they produce a 12-18 ft. tall flower spike with golden yellow flowers during summer. This species dies after flowering.
Artichoke agave is native to Arizona and Mexico where it has adapted to sun,heat, aridity, cold and summer drought. It is a highly popular plant in ornamental landscapes for its color and perfect shape. In addition to this species, one variety, Agave parryi var. truncata has a clumping behavior and will produce large and sculptural groupings over time.