Manfreda virginica

Also known as:

  • Deciduous Agave
  • False Aloe

Plant Type

perennial

Zones

4b-9b

Size

H:8"
W:40"

Growing Conditions

Soil Needs:

alkaline, average, well-drained, rocky

Water Needs:

drought tolerant, dry in summer

Sun Exposure:

sun, mostly sun, mostly shade

Features

Flower Color:

purple

Wildlife:

hummingbirds

Flower Season:

summer

Foliage Season:

deciduous

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1310 N Gregory Road PO Box 857 Fowlerville, Michigan

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517-223-3581

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Raleigh, North Carolina

919-772-4794

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1310 N Gregory Road PO Box 857 Fowlerville, Michigan

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Raleigh, North Carolina

919-772-4794

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Although it's rarely offered for sale, our native deciduous agave should be grown in every garden where it will survive. This easy-to-grow, drought-tolerant perennial, native from Illinois south to Florida, makes a flat rosette of fleshy green leaves, often spotted liver-purple. Amazingly, Manfreda virginica has also thrived for years in southern Minnesota gardens. In midsummer, Manfreda virginica rosettes are topped with 6' tall flower spikes, ending in a floral cluster of amazing, tubular purple flowers with huge yellow anthers (related to tuberose). We have found these to be especially loved by hummingbirds. Some European taxonomists have lumped manfreda and agave into the genus agave...if I catch 'em in a dark alley, I'll show 'em what lumping is really all about!

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Fowlerville, Michigan

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Strange, deciduous Agave relative, it dies down to a succulent rootstock in the winter. In the spring a new rosette of red spotted green leaves emerges. It has proven hardy here and the foliage is quite a conversation piece, and the flowers are cool as well, I suspect it would be much more popular if it was a bit quicker to propagate, we have been working since 1997 to produce enough to offer

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