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Mangave 'Macho Mocha' - Mangave
   
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (now Asparagaceae)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Variegated Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Synonyms: [Manfreda 'Macho Mocha', Agave hybrid]
Parentage: (Manfreda variegata x Agave celsii?)
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 4-6 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 0-10 F
x Mangave 'Macho Mocha' (Mangave) - This rosette-forming plant grows to 4 to 6 feet wide and has thick, fleshy gray-green leaves densely covered with brown-purple spots. These spots are so thick toward the tip of the leaves that the entire surface is a brown-purple color. The thick reddish flower stalk rises from the middle of the plant much in the manner of an Agave. Plants remain solitary until flowering at which time several new plants will emerge from below the older rosette. Plant in full sun to light shade and water infrequently to regularly. Has been reported to be hardy to 9 F by Tony Avent in North Carolina. This 2004 Yucca Do Nursery introduction is thought to be either an intergeneric hybrid between Manfreda variegata and Agave celsii [A. mitis] or a tetraploid mutation of Manfreda variegata. It was from seed collected by Carl Schoenfeld while on a plant exploration trip into Mexico. The seed came off of a plant of Manfreda variegata at a location where there was also Agave ceslsii. Yucca Do Nursery has since dubbed this plant a "Mangave". In the recent treatment in "Illustrated Handbook of Succulent Plants; Moncotyledons" edited by Urs Eggli (2001) Joachim Thiede, the author on the Agavaceae, combined Polianthes (Tuberose) and Manfreda into Agave, thus making the Mangave actually an interspecific Agave hybrid - for now we will leave it as x Mangave. We also grow a smaller plant with somewhat similar parentage called x Mangave 'Bloodspot'This information is based on research conducted about this plant in our nursery library and from reliable online sources. We also take into consideration observations of it in our nursery of crops, as well as of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens we have visited. We will incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if it includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Mangave 'Macho Mocha'.
 
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