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Waitt, Damon E.
Manfreda maculosa (Hook.) Rose
False Aloe, Spice lily, Spice-Lily
Agavaceae (Century-Plant Family)
Synonym(s): Agave maculata, Agave maculosa, Agave maculosa var. minor, Polianthes maculosa
USDA Symbol: MAMA7
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul
DistributionUSA: TX Native Habitat:
Thickets in sandy-clayey soils in south central Texas; endemic.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry , Moist
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.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Fragrant Flowers: yes
Interesting Foliage: yes
Larval Host: Manfreda Giant-Skipper
Nectar Source: yes
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)
is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
From the National Suppliers Directory
According to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:
Far South Wholesale Nursery
- Austin, TX
Record Last Modified: 2007-10-12
Research By: DEW, JSC, ADA