A most useful plant

    Agave (uh-gah-vay) is a plant that can provide fiber, food, drink, soap, weapons or medicine. These plants may have helped the western Apache to thrive in the Sonora region. 

    Wildlife Facts
    Common Name:
    Mescal Agave
    Scientific Name:
    Agave parryi
    Arizona, New Mexico and Mexico
    • Yellow
    • Bees
    • Bats
    • Hummingbirds
    Fun Facts:
    • May take 20 years before it blooms for the first and only time.
    • An impressive, branched, bloom stalk of about 20 feet tall will produce hundreds of bright yellow flowers.
    • After blooming the plant dies but offsets that have formed along the base of the flowering plant will live on.
    • Alligators lizards find shelter and protection from predators under the leaves or at the base of this plant.
    Plant Type:
    • Cactus/Succulent
    Endangered Status
    Endangered Status
    • Extinct in Wild (EW)
    • Critically Endangered (CR)
    • Endangered (EN)
    • Vulnerable (VU)
    • Near Threatened (NT)
    • Least Concern (LC)
    • Not Evaluated (NE)
    Hardiness Zones

    The USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map is the standard by which gardeners and growers can determine which plants are most likely to thrive at a location. The map is based on the average annual minimum winter temperature, divided into 10-degree F zones.

    USDA Hardiness Zones

    7a (0 °F to 5 °F)

    7b (5 °F to 10 °F)

    8a (10 °F to 15 °F)

    8b (15 °F to 20 °F)

    9a (20 °F to 25 °F)

    9b (25 °F to 30 °F)

    10a (30 °F to 35 °F)

    10b (35 °F to 40 °F)