September 07, 2021
I’m a bit of infatuated with mangaves, these succulent-leaved hybrids of agaves and manfredas. I’ve been rising a pair hardy mangaves (hardy most winters in our zone 8b) for years as focal factors in protected beds or containers. My hardy faves are ‘Macho Mocha’ and its variegated counterpart, ‘Espresso’. I additionally like petite ‘Bloodspot’ mangave, which I develop in pots that I shield throughout freezes.
I’d be a mangave collector if I lived in a frost-free local weather or had a greenhouse to stash them in winter. However I normally simply strive a brand new one yearly or so, in a container I omit all yr, till a tough freeze will get it. ‘Pineapple Specific’ lasted a couple of years, often dying again to the roots however coming again rapidly. Final yr I grew ‘Spotty Dotty’, and it made all of it winter till the epic February freeze.
Now I’m rising a brand new one, ‘Moonglow’, which can be my favourite but. Simply have a look at these elegant, slim, starburst leaves splotched with eggplant purple and seafoam inexperienced! Stunning. I’m rising it in a blue pot in a partly shady mattress with Philippine violet