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Manfreda virginica

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Plant types and subtypes: Agaves

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun

Water Use: low

Soil Moisture: dry

Soil Description: neutral, alkaline, poor, sand, gravel/rock

Height: 1'-2'

Bloom Time: May, June, July, August, September

Bloom Color: white, green

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 6, 7, 8

Additional Tags: clumping, drought tolerant, evergreen, fall interest, fragrant flowers, ornamental foliage, rock garden plant, showy fruit

Manfreda virginica (false aloe)
  • Manfreda virginica (false aloe)
  • Manfreda virginica (false aloe)
  • Manfreda virginica (false aloe)
  • Manfreda virginica (false aloe)

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Description

Manfreda virginica

Also known as:

false aloe

,

American aloe

Scientific Synonyms:

Agave lata, Agave tigrina, Agave virginica, Allibertia intermedia, Manfreda tigrina, Polianthes lata, Polianthes virginica

Description

Manfreda virginica is a succulent member of the Century-plant family (also known as agave). Individual, leaves are about 1.5' long, with an overall plant size under 3'. Tall, rigid stems emerge from the center of the rosette to a height of 4' to 5'. These will bear up to 30 individual, fragrant, yellowish, tube-shaped flowers loosely distributed along the spike. Blooms are long lasting. These give way to interesting-looking, light brown, tubular seed capsules. Bloom times may vary from May through September. Zones 6-8

Cultivation

False aloe is a low maintenance, drought resistant plant. It should be grown, in sandy or rocky, alkaline to neutral, dry to medium-dry soil. Best grown in full sun to part-sun. It can be used in dry borders, rock gardens, or as a xeriscaping plant.

Propagation

Propagate from seed.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, AR, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MD, MO, MS, NC, OH, OK, SC, TN, VA, WV

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Threatened: OH

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Liliopsida Monocotyledons
Subclass Liliidae
Order Liliales
Family Agavaceae Century-plant family
Genus Manfreda tuberose
Species Manfreda virginica false aloe