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Manfreda maculosa

False Aloe, Spice lily, Spice-Lily

Agavaceae (Century-Plant Family)

Manfreda maculosa (False aloe)
Waitt, Damon E.

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Root Type: Fibrous
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Lanceolate
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Leaf Pubescence: Glabrous
Leaf Margin: Serrulate
Leaf Apex: Acuminate
Leaf Base: Cuneate
Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual
Size Notes: 5-8 inches tall.
Leaf: green blotched w/grn or brown
Flower: Flowers 2.6 cm long
Fruit: Black seeds 1.1
Size Class: 0-1 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul


Native Habitat: Thickets in sandy-clayey soils in south central Texas; endemic.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist , Dry
Conditions Comments: Fleshy leaves usually have irregular maroon spots. The flowers are arranged in clusters at the top of tall stalks. They open creamy white, often with a hint of pink, and age to a deep rose, nearly brown, color. Very fragrant. This plant is propagated by seed or by removal of offsets. It needs to be grown in well draining soil and does best with regular summer water and light shade, especially during the hottest part of the day.


Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Fragrant Flowers: yes
Interesting Foliage: yes
Attracts: Butterflies
Larval Host: Manfreda Giant-Skipper
Nectar Source: yes

Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)

Manfreda maculosa is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
Manfreda Giant-Skipper
(Stallingsia maculosus)
Larval Host
Learn more at BAMONA

Last Update: 2007-10-12