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Mangave 'Aztec King'

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Aztec King Mangave (Mangave 'Aztec King') at Roger's Gardens

Aztec King Mangave

Aztec King Mangave

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Height:  24 inches

Spread:  4 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  9a

Other Names:  Manfreda x Agave

Group/Class:  Mad About Mangave Collection

Brand:  Walters Gardens

Description:

This attractive selection produces a large rosette of thick, silvery green, succulent leaves with mottled burgundy variegation and toothed margins; grown primarily for foliage; a great low-maintenance patio plant; must have good drainage

Ornamental Features

Aztec King Mangave's attractive serrated sword-like leaves remain bluish-green in color with distinctive burgundy spots and tinges of silver throughout the season. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Aztec King Mangave is an herbaceous perennial with a shapely form and gracefully arching foliage. Its wonderfully bold, coarse texture can be very effective in a balanced garden composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Aztec King Mangave is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Aztec King Mangave will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

Aztec King Mangave is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It can be used either as 'filler' or as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, depending on the height and form of the other plants used in the container planting. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
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Ornamental Features