Mad About Mangave
As an intergeneric hybrid, Mangave inherits the best of its parents. From the Agave it lends durability and the large, architectural form. From Manfreda it has its unique coloring and spotting, fast growth and soft spines that makes it an easy plant to handle.
Mangave are a happy accident. The first Mangave was created by unintentional cross pollination and discovered in a batch of Manfreda seedlings. This plant was passed between friends as a unique curiosity, catching the eye of the breeder, Hans Hansen. Hans saw the potential of this plant and has devoted significant time and resources to its development.
Hans and his team have been working not only with Mangave, but with Agave and Manfreda as well. Working with the parents has helped him to develop plants that will pass favorable and unique characteristics to create the most interesting Mangave varieties. Hans has made thousands of unique crosses to date and has chosen only the most exotic to add to the collection. With each new generation of plants, he discovers more characteristics and curiosities to include in future introductions.
The Mangave has succulent leaves and inherits the drought-resisting characteristics of both parent plants. They prefer shade, but will survive high temperatures and direct sunlight as well.