Agave parryi Mescal agave, Parry’s agave, Century plant, kwa ni in Hopi Z 5 (with care) – 10
Rosette of thick silver-grey leaves with an inch-long terminal tip of each spine and offshoots, knowns as “pups” emerge near the base, even of young plants. Flowers only once & takes +10 years. In Z 5-6 plant in spring to get established.
Size: 18” x 18-28” Care: sun in well-drained soil. We grow this in Z 5A on the south-facing side of a mound of well-drained soil, with a few large rocks nearby and gravel mulch. Native: mountains of Arizona and New Mexico.
First Americans in the SW traded baked leaves and buds hundreds of years ago. Roasted stalks,baked buds & water mixed & fermented make pulque, further distilled to make mescal or tequila.
Onopordum acanthium Scotch thistle, Woolly thistle Biennial Z 5-9
Onopordum acanthium syn. Onopordum nervosum Scotch thistle, Woolly thistle Biennial Z 5-9
Showy purple thistles on show-stopping prickly silver foliage mid summer to early fall.
Size: 4-6’ x 12” Care: full sun in moist, well-drained soil Native: Europe and western Asia Wildlife Value: Bees, butterflies and birds
Chosen as the symbol of Scotland by King James V. According to legend the Scotch thistle helped Scotland fend off a Viking invasion by preventing a sneak attack. It caused the Vikings to scream in pain waking the Scots. Introduced to American gardens in late 1800’s.