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Agave parviflora

A very compact and most desirable species found in Arizona, U.S.A. and Sonora, Mexico that hardly reaches 20 cm (8 in.) in diameter. The short, stiff, green leaves carry attractive, curly, white fibers around their edges. It will resist severe freezes and drought conditions.

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Seeds from this species ...

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Very easy, lots of seedlings within a month. Seedling growth is strong.
Submitted on 26/03/2005 by one of our visitors

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Plants from this species ...

... are of poor ornamental value
Grown in Gloucestershire in UK.
I have grown a potted specimen of A. parviflora for at least 12 years (since I was a small person), and has proven very resilient. It's grown from 5-6cm across to now about 25, but probably faster with good treatment! It grows best in the sunniest position possible, though will not suffer if in the shade - it just won't grow. It is very resistant to drought, surviving months without water, but seems to grow well with plenty of water (the UK summer!). It hasn't been left outside all winter since I'd hate to lose it, but hasn't suffered from -2 with wet soil in a cold frame, so I would like to try another outside.
Submitted on 20/11/2005 by Alex defnoz@hotmail.com

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If you wish to read more on palm cultivation, we highly recommend Ornamental Palm Horticulture by Timothy K. Broschat and Alan W. Meerow, available in our bookshop.

Ratings and comments reflect individual experiences and the views of our visitors. They do not necessarily describe the most appropriate methods, nor are they necessarily valid for all seeds or plants of this species. Germination and plant cultivation success depends on many different factors; nevertheless, these experiences will hopefully aid you in your effort to get the best germination results from our seeds and the best growth results from your plants.

We recommend:
The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms

The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms
by Robert Lee Riffle, Paul Craft, Scott Zona

2nd edition
Completely revised and updated

Hardcover - 528 pages
11 x 8.5 inches

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Suitable for: all

The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is the definitive account of all palms that can be grown for ornamental and economic use. Palms are often underutilized as a result of their unfamiliarity—even to tropical gardeners. To help introduce these valuable plants to a new audience, the authors have exhaustively documented every genus in the palm family.
825 species are described in detail, including cold hardiness, water needs, height, and any special requirements. Generously illustrated with more than 900 photos, including photos of several palm species that have never before appeared in a general encyclopedia, The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is as valuable as an identification guide as it is a practical handbook. Interesting snippets of history, ethnobotany, and biology inform the text and make this a lively catalog of these remarkable plants.

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