Photo by JLBG taken at Juniper Level Botanic Gdn, NC
Agave parryi ssp. truncata 'Bed of Nails'
Bed of Nails Parry's Century Plant
Item #: 2949
Zones: 8a to 9b, guessing
Height: 2" tall
Origin: United States
Agave parryi ssp. truncata 'Bed of Nails' is a Plant Delights introduction that's one of the oddest agaves we've grown. This curiosity is a severely mutated form of Agave parryi ssp. truncata that we discovered in a batch of tissue cultured plants. Each rosette has been miniaturized, and instead of offsetting underground, each rosette simply splits, forming a dense clump like Agave isthmensis. We have not found Agave parryi ssp. truncata 'Bed of Nails' to be as winter hardy outdoors as the original parent, but it could be that it's simply more sensitive to winter moisture. Regardless, it's one really cool potted house plant.
Flower Color: Yellow/Gold
Leaf Color: Blue
Bloom Time: Summer
Container Role: Thrillers
Other: Edimentals , Deer Resistant Plants , Drought Tolerant Plants , Fragrant Flowers , Hummingbird Plants , Pollinator Plants , Medicinal Plants , North American Native Plants , Ornamental Seed or Fruit , Plants that Attract Birds , Rabbit Resistant Plants , Salt Tolerant Seaside Plants , Tropical Looking Plants , Xeriscaping Plants , United States Native Plants