Mangave 'Freckles and Speckles' PPAF: A cute plant to match a cute name! Minty green leaves with a lavender overlay are lightly freckled with dark burgundy spots. Just like human freckles, the spotted overlay will be more pronounced in direct sunlight. In shade, the leaves will be greener. The leaves curl up slightly to showcase their white, serrated edge. Finishing up the package are rose pink terminal spines. When grown outdoors in full sun, this cultivar can reach 20" wide and 8" tall at maturity. This is the perfect size and habit for combining with smaller scale succulents in containers!
Please Note: Mature plant photos are reference only; plants will be shipped as a 1.5" rooted plug without a pot. Some plugs have a plastic netting around their roots that should be removed before planting.
Mangave are a relatively new phenomenon: a cross between Manfreda and Agave. These rare cultivars are expertly hybridized by Hans Hansen of Walters Gardens to combine the best of both parents. Though the have a similar form to a typical Agave, they are marked with spots and flush brilliant purple and red tones when grown in bright sun. Additionally, they grow about twice as fast as Agave and are far less spiny to the touch.
This variety will not survive a hard frost, but if there is a risk of freezing temperatures they can be brought indoors to grow temporarily on a sunny window sill or under a grow light. They thrive outdoors in partial to full sun with good drainage, i.e. gritty soil and containers with drainage holes. Mangave can tolerate a bit more shade and water than regular Agave, especially when they are establishing roots. Full Mangave Guide
Color - Primary
Green / Lime
Color - Secondary
Red / Burgundy
Zone 9 (20F)
Recommended Light Conditions
Maximum Rosette Size
Growth Habit / Shape