Silver Leopard Mangave
Mangave 'Silver Leopard'
Silver Leopard Mangave
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Height: 18 inches
Spread: 3 feet
Hardiness Zone: 7b
Other Names: Manfreda x Agave
This attractive selection produces a rosette of narrow blue-green sword-like leaves with large burgundy spots and a silvery cast; grown primarily for foliage; a great low-maintenance patio plant; must have good drainage
Silver Leopard Mangave is primarily valued in the garden for its cascading habit of growth. It features unusual spikes of creamy white trumpet-shaped flowers rising above the foliage in mid summer. Its attractive spiny sword-like leaves remain bluish-green in color with distinctive burgundy spots and tinges of silver throughout the season.
Silver Leopard 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;
Silver Leopard Mangave is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- Rock/Alpine Gardens
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Silver Leopard Mangave will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!
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.
Silver Leopard Mangave is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers and foliage against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.