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Products > Mangave 'Desert Dragon' PP31,311
Mangave 'Desert Dragon' PP31,311 - Desert Dragon Mangave
Working on getting this plant out in the field but it is not yet available – listing for information only! 

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (now Asparagaceae)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Parentage: (Complex Manfreda x Agave hybrid)
Height: <1 foot
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25° F
Mangave 'Desert Dragon' PP31,311 (Desert Dragon Mangave) - An a attractive low growing succulent plant forms a solitary rosette to 6 inches tall by nearly 2 feet wide with wide, wavy and twisting grayish mint green colored leaves overlaid with dark purple spots. We have yet to see this plant flower. Plant in full to half day sun in a well-drained soil and give occasional to regular irrigation. Hardiness is not well known on this cultivar yet we list it as hardy only to 20F for USDA Zones 9a and above. Like the many other Mangave cultivars, it likely will be somewhat resistant to deer and rabbit predation. This ground-hugging variety is an attractive and interesting low growing plant for the rock or succulent garden or planted in a low, wide container. Tony Avent of Plant Delights Nursery says of it that it "looks like a drug-induced hallucination of a giant spider." This plant is a 2018 introduction from the Walters Gardens MAD ABOUT MANGAVE® Collection of plants bred by Hans Hansen. It is a complex hybrid made in March 2017 with the seed parent a hybrid between Manfreda maculosa, Agave gypsophila (A. pablocarrilloi) and Agave attenuata and the pollen from a hybrid between Mangave Bloodspot (itself a hybrid between Agave macroacantha and Manfreda maculosa) and Agave geminiflora. It is closest looking to the previously released Mangave 'Dreadlocks' but 'Desert Dragon' has shorter, broader, more twisted and arching leaves that are grayer in color. It received US Plant Patent PP31,311 in December 2019. We first received 'Dreadlocks' from Walters Gardens to trial in July 2018. At our 40th anniversary Field Day that year we asked attendees to judge their favorite Mangave from our Mangave Display that had 44 cultivars different varieties on display and this plant was one of the highest rated and to this day people always pick it out of the display as being one of the most interesting looking.  The information on this page is based on the research that we have conducted about this plant in the San Marcos Growers library, from what we have found on reliable online sources, as well as from observations made of our crops of this plant growing in the nursery and of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens where we may have observed it. We also have incorporated comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from those who may have additional information, particularly if this information includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Mangave 'Desert Dragon' PP31,311.