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Cabbage Head Agave in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Agave parrasana

 

Cabbage Head Agave

A. parrasana is a small sized agave. Often referred to as the Cabbage Head Agave, it has very short broad leaves that form into a tight, symmetrical, spherical rosette, shaped like a 'cabbage' 40-60 cm tall, 50-90 cm in diameter. It produces few or no offsets but can form small mounds in the pot or dotted across the landscape.

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plant Features
  • Cabbage Head Agave likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Cabbage Head Agave likes very little water

    Very little water

  • Cabbage Head Agave is a little frost hardy: 32f (0°c)

    A little frost hardy: 32F (0°C)

  • Cabbage Head Agave likes free draining and fertile

    Free draining and fertile

 
plant information

Common name

Cabbage Head Agave

Latin name

Agave parrasana

type

Succulent

family

Asparagaceae

ph

5.0 - 7.0 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Cabbage Head Agave likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Frost

    Cabbage Head Agave is a little frost hardy: 32f (0°c)

    A little frost hardy: 32F (0°C)

  • Soil

    Cabbage Head Agave likes free draining and fertile

    Free draining and fertile

  • Water

    Cabbage Head Agave likes very little water

    Very little water

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant
  •  
    When the plant will bloom

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Cabbage Head Agave is 0.90meters x 0.60meters 0.90 M 0.60 M

Agave parrasana

A. parrasana is a small sized agave. Often referred to as the Cabbage Head Agave, it has very short broad leaves that form into a tight, symmetrical, spherical rosette, shaped like a 'cabbage' 40-60 cm tall, 50-90 cm in diameter. It produces few or no offsets but can form small mounds in the pot or dotted across the landscape.


Flowering Season

From Mid Summer TO Late Summer

This plant will flower when it is mature. Many varieties of agave will die after blooming and then produce pups or offshoots from their base to replace themselves. On varieties where the parent plant doesn’t die after flowering, it is a good idea to get long handled pruners and remove the spent bloom.

 

Planting Outdoors Spring

From Early Spring TO Late Spring

Agave have a large tap root and do not transplant well, so choose an appropriate site when planting agave. The majority of the roots are surface roots and do not require a deep hole if planted when young. Check your soil for drainage, or if planting in heavy clay soils amend the soil with sand or grit. Mix in enough sand to make the soil halfway comprised of grit. Water the plant diligently for the first week and then cut it to half the second week. Taper off even more until you are only watering once every week or two.

 

Propagating by offsets

From Early Spring TO Early Spring

Offsets are the baby plants that form at the base of some plants, and they are an easy way to propagate a plant. When the offsets have grown large enough to handle - and, hopefully, have some roots of their own,- gently break them away from the mother plant. Plant the offsets in a container and keep the plant barely moist (but not wet) until the plant is establishes, and can be planted out.

 
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