Manfreda (Agave) 'Spot'





Spot Deciduous Agave

Zones: 7b to 9b, at least

Height: 12" tall

Culture: Part Sun

Origin: Mexico

This Sean Hogan introduction is a stoloniferous groundcover manfreda (deciduous agave) that forms 2' wide rubbery rosettes composed of 3" wide glaucous green leaves, each heavily spotted with dime-sized liver colored spots resembling those on my 4-week-old leftovers. In April, the rosettes are occasionally topped with 6' tall spikes of terminally produced alien-looking flowers with greatly extended sexual parts. Manfreda 'Spot' was originally introduced as an Manfreda virginica hybrid which we do not believe to be the case. Instead, this very much resembles some of the north-central Mexican species of manfreda. Our 5-year-old patch is already 5' wide and still expanding.

Manfreda maculosa x Manfreda virginica introduced by Cistus Nursery; Evergreen perennial in frost free zones, deciduous elsewhere. Rosettes of succulent silver green leaves spotted heavily with dark purple create quite a splash in ay garden scene! Clumps are 12”tall expanding to 24” wide or more over time. Prefers sun to light shade, porous soil and moderate moisture. Infrequent 4’flower stalks, heat and humidity tolerant. Choice container specimen. USDA Z5

A Cistus introduction from one of our hybrids between A. virginica and A. maculosa. Forms stunning rosettes to about 18", with blue-green leaves endearingly adorned with purple spots. Though tolerant of some drought prefers a medium to moist situation. Light shade to full sun. Deciduous at 25 °F (don't worry, it's supposed to do that.) Cold hardy to -20 °F, USDA zone 5 or below, if placed in well-drained soil.