Mangave 'Mission to Mars' PPAF: A common nickname for Mars is the Red Planet, and this Mangave gets its moniker due to the unique, intense red coloration from the leaves. 2.75" wide, thick green leaves are heavily speckled with burgundy red, with spots that bleed into each other for an overall red appearance. The red coloration is brought out best in direct sunlight. The 12" long leaves have an arching habit with the tips of the leaves curving downward. Margins curl upward to show off its cinnamon spines, a nice color complement to the red.
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
Please Note: Mature plant photos are reference only; plants will be shipped as a 1.5" rooted plug.
Color - Primary
Red / Burgundy
Color - Secondary
Green / Lime
Zone 9 (20F)
Recommended Light Conditions
Maximum Rosette Size
Growth Habit / Shape