are intergeneric hybrids created by breeding Manfredas
with various species of Agaves
. I didn't know much about them when I got my first one, 'Blood Spot'
, in 2015. Sometime after that they exploded in popularity as more and more hybrids were created. Unfortunately, few garden centers or nurseries in my own area offered them. A few crept into the local trade in 2019 but the majority of those I've collected since 2015 have come via mail order nurseries and as gifts. This week following a meeting, the South Coast Botanic Garden docents had an opportunity to tour the garden's propagation unit and I was pleased to see that volunteer propagators have created their own hybrid.
|The plant on the left and its siblings in the next 2 photos are hybrids of a Manfreda and Agave potatorum. The new creation reminds me a bit of 'Spotty Dotty' but this one has nicely curving leaves along the lines of 'Falling Waters'.|
I'm hoping that one will show up at the garden's Spring Festival and Plant Sale in April. In the meantime, I decided it was a good time to take an inventory of what I already have.
My newest and generally smallest specimens are tucked into what I call my bromeliad bed (even though there are now more succulents than bromeliads there).
|'Mission to Mars', one of 3 Mangaves Gerhard Bock of Succulents & More kindly picked up for me at a US Davis Arboretum sale. I'm hoping it'll get enough sun in this spot to develop the red leaves it's known for.|
|'Pineapple Express' was purchased at South Coast Botanic Garden's Fall Plant Sale|
There are larger and more well-established specimens in the adjacent succulent bed in my front garden.
|'Bed Head', purchased by mail order from Plant Delights, is one of my favorites, although it's looked a little beaten down by the rain it received last year and again this year|
|My husband purchased 'Jaguar' and other Mangaves by mail order from Plant Delights for my birthday last year. One of the larger Mangaves, expected to reach 2 feet in height at maturity, it's already looking great.|
|I moved 'Spotty Dotty' last year and she's been happier since|
|'Snow Leopard' was also a birthday gift from my husband. With the return of cooler temperatures this winter, these 2 plants have taken on a decidedly pink tinge.|
|The same is true of 'Kaleidoscope'. This one is the most prolific pupper among my Mangaves.|
The dry garden on the northeast side of the house has some of my oldest specimens, including 'Blood Spot'
|A group shot of the collection in this area|
|'Blood Spot', the Mangave that started this particular collecting obsession. This is the one and only Mangave I've obtained from a local garden center thus far.|
|I got 'Lavender Lady' by mail order in 2017 but she's shown up recently in SoCal garden centers|
|'Purple People Eater' was part of my birthday haul. It's looking a little scruffy at the moment.|
|The discoloration on a few leaves of 'Silver Fox' has me concerned about rot but the problem hasn't progressed so I'm hopeful|
Other than another couple of 'Kaleidoscope' Mangaves
on the front slope, the rest of my plants are in pots.
|'Blazing Saddles' was a Christmas gift from a friend in 2018. It's supposed to remain relatively small and seems perfectly happy in this container planted by my friend.|
|'Moonglow', part of Gerhard's shipment|
|'Red Wing' was another of the plants Gerhard secured for me. It's supposed to tolerate a bit of shade.|
|I got 'Tooth Fairy', another of my favorites, from Mountain Crest. It's reputed to be a slow grower so I've surrounded it with other succulents in this rusted steel wok.|
I may have gotten off to a slow start with this particular collection but I'm catching up - maybe. Breeders seem to be hybridizing new varieties every week.
Have a pleasant weekend!
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