×Mangave 'Macho Mocha'
Agave 'Macho Mocha', Manfreda 'Macho Mocha'
×Mangave 'Macho Mocha', also known as Agave 'Macho Mocha', is an attractive succulent that forms stemless rosettes of gray-green leaves washed in lavender and densely covered with brownish-red or brownish-purple spots. The rosettes grow up to 6 feet (1.8 m) in diameter and remain solitary until flowering when several offsets will emerge around the base.
The flowers are light green to creamy-white and appear on a thick, reddish, up to 8 feet (2.4 m) tall stalk that rises from the middle of the rosette, much like an Agave, usually in late spring. The rosettes do not die after blooming as Agaves do.
×Mangave 'Macho Mocha' is thought to be either an intergeneric hybrid resulting from the cross between Manfreda variegata and Agave celsii (now Agave mitis) or a tetraploid mutation of Manfreda variegata.
USDA hardiness zone 8a to 10b: from 10 °F (−12.2 °C) to 40 °F (+4.4 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Agave is not a difficult plant to grow. They're slow-growing and dramatic and will even thrive on a bit of neglect. If you're the type of person who likes to fuss with houseplants and water a lot, Agave is probably not the plant for you. However, if you're the type of person who likes to set it and forget it, and you have a sunny window, Agave might be the way to go. Be aware that some large varieties will eventually outgrow your room (unless you have a large greenhouse), and Agave can be aggressive. They have irritating sap and sometimes very sharp thorns that can cause injuries to small children and even pets.
In general, Agaves do not need to be repotted every year. Most species commonly found in cultivation grow slowly and take a long time to outgrow their pot. It's also best to handle your Agave as little as possible since they do not like to be disturbed. When repot, refresh the spent soil with a new potting mix and make sure the plant is firmly anchored in its pot.
See more at How to Grow and Care for Agave.
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