x Mangave 'Bad Hair Day' PP30279 (Bad Hair Day Mangave) - A unique and attractive succulent plant with mostly solitary rosettes that grows to 10 inches tall by 30 inches wide with very narrow quarter inch wide by 18 inches long soft and rubbery recurving green leaves that have irregular, dark-burgundy spotting on much of their surfaces when grown in bright light and with few soft flexible spines along leaf margin and tips that makes the plant quite friendly. Leaves mostly lay flay but with a few decorative errant twisting leaves that gives this plant its name.
Plant in full to half day sun in a well-drained soil and give occasional to regular irrigation. This has proven to be one of the hardiest of the Mangave cultivars, reportedly growing in locations that experienced temperatures as low as 7° F without requiring any protection. This is a nice plant in the rock or succulent garden or used in a decorative container.
We passed on growing this interesting cultivar initially but planted one in a decorative pot that was in front of our sales office where it drew much appreciation from our customers. Uniquely, in this shaded location 'Bad Hair Day' lost much of its maroon spotting but its unique narrow green soft leaves were still quite appealing. 'Bad Hair Day' was a 2018 introduction in the Walters Gardens MAD ABOUT MANGAVEŽ Collection of plants bred by Hans Hansen. It is the result of crossing the spotted foliaged Manfreda maculosa with the narrow leafed Agave geminiflora in 2011 It was granted U.S. Plant Patent PP29,599 on March 5, 2019.
The information about Mangave 'Bad Hair Day' PP30279 displayed on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources we consider reliable. We will also relate those observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery gardens and in other gardens that we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments we receive from others and welcome hearing from anyone who has additional information, particularly when they share cultural information that would aid others in growing it.