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Products > Manfreda 'Cherry Chocolate Chip' PP29918
Manfreda 'Cherry Chocolate Chip' PP29918 - Cherry Chocolate Chip False Agave

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: North America
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Variegated Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Cream
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Fragrant Flowers: Yes
Synonyms: [Agave strictata, A.maculosa, Polianthes maculosa]
Height: <1 foot
Width: 4-6 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 0-10° F
Mangave 'Cherry Chocolate Chip' PP29918 (Cherry Chocolate Chip False Agave) - This attractive low growing succulent plant forms a solitary rosette 6 to 8 inches tall by up to 18 to 24 inches wide with soft waxy long narrow silvery blue leaves that lay flat to the ground. The leaves have thin cream white undulated margins and are intensely spotted on both surfaces with dark gray purple blotches that on the white margins are cherry red. In late spring and early summer appear burgundy-brown flowers with long exerted filaments and styles held on an upright 6 foot tall (or more) spikes and are often followed by barrel shaped 1-2 inch long fruit - the Manfreda, unlike many of the related plants in the genus Agave, do not die after flowering - some modern treatments of these plants have combined Manfreda into Agave. Plant in full to half day sun in a well-drained soil and give occasional to regular irrigation. This deciduous plant is reported hardy to 5-10°F and useful in USDA Zones 7b to 10 and is also noted as resistant to deer and rabbit predation. This attractive ground-hugging plant should work well in the rock or succulent garden or as a container specimen. This plant is a 2017 introduction from the Walters Gardens MAD ABOUT MANGAVEŽ Collection. Manfreda 'Cherry Chocolate Chip' is the result of an uninduced mutation that occurred in August 2012 within a micropropagated (tissue culture) crop of Manfreda 'Chocolate Chips', a plant originally introduced by Yucca Do Nursery that was grown from seed Carl Schoenfeld collected near San Vicente, Tamaulipas, Mexico. 'Chocolate Chips' was then identified as a Manfreda undulata selection, though there has long been discussion about whether or not this is a valid species. Another Manfreda variety we grow called 'Mint Chocolate Chip' has symmetrical rosettes with wider, thicker silvery blue leaves with similar spotting, but with only a very fine light colored margin that is not blotched with red - both are extremely nice plants. 'Cherry Chocolate Chip' had US Plant Patent PP29918 issued on May 29, 2018. The picture on this page courtesy of Walters Gardens

Information about Manfreda 'Cherry Chocolate Chip' PP29918 displayed on this page is based on our research about it conducted in our library and gathered from reliable online sources. We include observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery gardens and in other gardens that we have visited, as well as how the crops have performed in containers in our own nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others about this plant when we feel it adds information and particularly welcome hearing from anyone who has any additional cultural recommendations that would aid others in growing it.