Mangave is a relatively new phenomenon, as a cross between the genus Manfreda and Agave. We have probably all seen or grown Agaves before, and perhaps been impaled on their sharp spines, but Manfredas seem to have been overlooked by most. They're more hardy than Agaves, and grow faster and don't injure the gardener so easily. When hybridized you get the form, color variation and structure of Agave on a faster growing, less lethal plant! Some are hardy as far as zone 8, but they are best treated as tender. Ours are potted so they enjoy summers on the patio, and then are stored cold (but above freezing) and dry all winter. They would be content on a cold windowsill all winter with little to no water.
Tender perennial, best grown outside in summer and indoors in winter.
Height: 8.0-16.00 Inches
Spread: 16.0-30.0 Inches
Hardiness Zones: 9,10,11
Foliage Color: Multicolored
Sunlight: Full Sun (> 6 hrs. Direct Sun)
Water Requirements: Low Water Needs
Soil Quality: Poor Soil Quality, Average Soil Quality
Soil Chemistry: Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0), Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0), Alkaline Soil (pH > 7.0)
Grown in 2 quart band pot
Photos Courtesy of Walters Gardens