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Marcus, Joseph A.
Manfreda virginica (L.) Salisb. ex Rose
False aloe, Rattlesnake master
Synonyms: Agave virginica, Polianthes virginica
USDA Symbol: MAVI5
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
The thick, leathery, strap-like leaves, to 16 in. long, occur in a basal rosette around the 4-5 ft., upright, flowering stalk of this perennial. Unusual, greenish-white, tubular flowers with conspicuous stamens are borne in a spike-like cluster atop the stalk.
Interesting architectural specimen for dry or well-drained garden soils in sun to partial shade.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Green
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug
AL , AR , FL , GA , IL , IN , KY , LA , MD , MO , MS , NC , OH , OK , SC , TN , TX , VA , WV Native Distribution:
MD to s. OH & s. MO, s. to FL & TX Native Habitat:
Dry thickets & woods; sandstone outcroppings USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry, sterile, sometime alkaline soils.
Conditions Comments: Drought tolerant.
Spotted foliage and striking inflorescence
makes the species an interesting element of xeric gardens. Use Wildlife:
Pollinated by sphinx moths. Conspicuous Flowers:
PropagationDescription: Can be propagated by seed.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Suppliers Directory
According to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:
American Native Nursery
- Quakertown, PA
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
- Austin, TX
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Record Modified: 2013-03-29
Research By: JSC