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Manfreda variegata – Mottled Tuberose

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Scientific Name

Manfreda variegata (Jacobi) Rose

Common Names

Mottled Tuberose, Texas Tuberose

Synonyms

Agave variegata (basionym), Manfreda tamazunchalensis, Manfreda xilitlensis, Polianthes variegata

Scientific Classification

Family: Asparagaceae
Subfamily: Agavoideae
Genus: Manfreda

Description

Manfreda variegata is a more or less tuberous, deciduous succulent, forming tufts of erect-arching, sword-shaped leaves, which are V shaped in cross section or deeply furrowed. The linear-lanceolate leaves up to 18 inches (45 cm) long, also bear a few teeth along their margins as well as being occasionally brown or green blotched. It blooms in late spring, producing up to 5 feet (1.5 m) tall flower spikes which showcase the numerous darkly colored, spidery shaped flowers.

Photo via cacti.co.nz

Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 7a to 10b: from 0 °F (−17.8 °C) to 40 °F (+4.4 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Manfreda is a tender perennial or "temperennial" succulent plant that grows best in full sun. Plant in well-drained, dry to average soil in containers just slightly wider than the width of the rosette or plant directly in the ground. Since the plant has a rather large root system, the container should be at least 12 inches (30 cm) deep. Manfreda is a slower grower, so it will not quickly overtake the space it is allotted in the landscape.

In summer when the plants are actively growing, they appreciate a bit of supplemental watering and half-strength fertilizer. During the winter months, the plants should be allowed to dry and should be stored in a cold room at 48°F (9° C). Plants are watered only enough to keep the foliage from shriveling.

Manfredas are propagated by the removal of offsets and from fresh seed. Fresh seed germinate in 7- 21 days at 68 to 72 °F (19 to 22 °C)… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Manfreda

Origin

Native to Mexico.

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