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Sensational Mangaves for Easy-Care Flair

This hybrid cross is the best of both its parents, boasting unique and colorful cultivars

Our ‘Inkblot’ mangave sent up a flower spike after only one year in the ground. Unlike many agaves, mangaves will not die after flowering. Photo: Laurel Startzel

Mangaves happen to be one of our absolute favorite additions to our garden. A mangave (× Mangave cvs., Zones 8–11) is a hybrid of manfreda (Manfreda spp. and cvs., Zones 7–11) and agave (Agave spp. and cvs., Zones 7–11). Breeders have taken some of the best attributes of each plant to create these beautiful and durable little hybridized gems. They grow at a faster rate than agaves, thanks to their manfreda genes, which is also where they get some of their amazing leaf shapes and patterns. And because of their agave genes, they have inherited drought resistance and sun-loving durability, making them an absolute treasure.

Although some mangaves are a bit more cold-hardy than others, most are hardy in USDA Zones 8–11. They are happy in full sun or partial shade, and they need little water to thrive. Mangaves are also deer and rabbit resistant, which makes them a delight in front yards. As…

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