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Mangave 'Bloodspot' - Bloodspot Mangave

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (now Asparagaceae)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Synonyms: [Agave 'Blood Spot', Manfreda 'Blood Spot']
Parentage: (Agave macroacantha x Manfreda maculosa?)
Height: 1 foot
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
x Mangave 'Bloodspot' - A compact succulent that until flowering forms a non-suckering compact rosette to 12 inches tall by 15 inches wide with upright 8 inch long by 1 inch wide gray-green leaves that have a fine-toothed margin edged with maroon and are speckled with spots of the same color. This plant is considered by some to be non-suckering and monocarpic so completely dying after flowering but others have reported and we have observed that the flowering rosette can live past the flowering event and that it will also occasionally sucker new rosettes to provide additional.

Plant in full sun to light shade in a relatively well-drained soil and irrigate occasionally. This plant came onto the horticultural scene in California in 2008 so we are still discovering its drought tolerance and cold hardiness. Given this plant's parentage we speculate that it will likely be hardy in most coastal California gardens and should be able to get by with only limited irrigation. There are some good reports on Xeric World that indicate that it has tolerated temperatures down to 26 F with moist soils in Monterey County (by Richard Pontius) - good to distinguish this as some succulents seem much more prone to problems in our mediterranean climate with its cool and moist winter than just cold weather. Greg Starr in Tucson also indicated that it has tolerated temperatures down to 22 F for him.

This compact plant is and attractive Agave-like plant and is great in a container or planted out in the garden. The origin of this apparent Agave x Manfreda hybrid is a bit of a mystery, but the plant is believed to be a Agave macroacantha hybrid with Manfreda maculosa that may have originated in Japan.

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 but note that this plant is sometimes listed as Agave hybrid 'Bloodspot' or 'Blood Spot'. This really was one of the first of the hybrid "Mangaves" to come on the horticultural scene with only x Mangave 'Macho Mocha' from Yucca Du Nursery predating it. Since its introduction the world of Mangave has expanded greatly due to the work done by Hans Hansen at Walters Nursery, whose line of plants has become the Mad About Mangave Collection. We grew this interesting early Mangave cultivar from 2008 util 2021 and thank Tony Avent of Plant Delights Nursery for the use of his image of this unusual and attractive plant. 

This information about Mangave 'Bloodspot' displayed on this web page is based on research we have conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations we have made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens visited, as well how our crops have performed in containers in the nursery field. Where appropriate, we will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share cultural information that would aid others in growing this plant.