Mangave 'Purple People Eater' PP29949: Named for its vibrant purple coloration, this neat rosette has thick, sturdy leaves with reddish-purple spotting. Bring out its best coloration by planting in full sun; less intense exposure will produce greener leaves. The leaves fold upward to show off their yellow, orange, and cinnamon brown spines. At the end of each leaf, there is a cinnamon terminal spine. When grown outdoors in full sun, this cultivar can reach 24" wide and 16" tall at maturity.
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.
Color - Primary
Blue / Blue-green
Color - Secondary
Red / Burgundy
Zone 9 (20F)
Recommended Light Conditions
Maximum Rosette Size
Growth Habit / Shape
Peak Color in Summer
THIS PLANT IS HARDY IN ZONES 9 - 10
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