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Height: 24 inches
Spread: 30 inches
Hardiness Zone: 8a
Other Names: Manfreda x Agave
Group/Class: Mad About Mangave Collection
Brand: Walters Gardens
This outstanding selection produces a rosette of long, lance-shaped creamy yellow leaves with deep green margins and subtle, light red spots; grown primarily for foliage; a great low-maintenance patio plant; must have good drainage
Carnival Mangave's attractive spiny sword-like leaves emerge chartreuse in spring, turning lemon yellow in color with distinctive dark green edges and tinges of red throughout the season. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.
Carnival Mangave is an herbaceous perennial with a shapely form and gracefully arching foliage. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other garden plants with finer foliage.
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. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;
Carnival Mangave is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- Rock/Alpine Gardens
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Carnival Mangave will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 30 inches. 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.
Carnival 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.