Photo by JLBG taken at Juniper Level Botanic Gdn, NC
Photo by taken at J.C. Raulston Arboretum, NC
Agave parryi 'J.C. Raulston'
J. C. Raulston Hardy Century Plant
Item #: 8152
Zones: 7a to 9b, possibly colder
Height: 24" tall
Origin: United States
We've grown Agave parryi from all along its native range, but the best clone is still the one growing at the JC Raulston Arboretum in NC. We tracked this clone back to a plant that originated from J.C.'s 1979 trip to California's Strybing Arboretum. Strybing obtained their plant from California professor Jack Napton in 1971. This special clone forms large symmetrical 2' tall x 3' wide rosettes that seem particularly well-adapted to winters in wet, humid climates. It is slow to offset compared with many forms, which makes propagation more of a challenge. This clone needed a name and we could not think of anything better than to name it after the late Dr. J.C. Raulston. When it gets around to flowering, the 15' tall leg-thick spike, topped with clouds of yellow flowers, will draw hummingbirds from all around.
Flower Color: Yellow/Gold
Leaf Color: Green
Bloom Time: Summer
Container Role: Thrillers
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