Silver Fox Mangave
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Height: 10 inches
Spread: 18 inches
Hardiness Zone: 9a
Other Names: Manfreda x Agave
Group/Class: Mad About Mangave Collection
Brand: Walters Gardens
This attractive selection produces a rosette of arching, silver-blue succulent leaves with faint purple spotting; leaves eventually mature to gray-green; grown primarily for foliage; a great low-maintenance patio plant
Silver Fox Mangave is primarily valued in the garden for its cascading habit of growth. Its attractive serrated sword-like leaves remain grayish green in color with distinctive plum purple spots and tinges of silvery blue throughout the season.
Silver Fox 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. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Silver Fox Mangave is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- Rock/Alpine Gardens
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Silver Fox Mangave will grow to be about 10 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 inches. 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 Fox 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 canvas of 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.