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Manfreda variegata (Mottled tuberose)
Marcus, Joseph A.

Manfreda variegata

Manfreda variegata (Jacobi) Rose

Mottled Tuberose, Huaco, Texas Tuberose

Agavaceae (Century-Plant Family)

Synonym(s): Agave variegata, Manfreda tamazunchalensis, Manfreda xilitlensis, Polianthes variegata

USDA Symbol: mava

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Leaves up to about 18 inches long. Flower scape up to about 42 inches tall.
Flower: Flowers 1 to 2 inches.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Orange , Yellow , Green , Brown
Bloom Time: Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul


Native Distribution: Chaparral & brush country, Prairie/Plains/Meadows/Pastures/Savannas
Native Habitat: Chaparral & brush country, Prairie, Plains, Meadows, Pastures, Savannas

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Acid-based, Calcareous, Sandy, Medium Loam, Sandy Loam, Clay Loam Clay


Use Ornamental: Showy, Aromatic, Accent tree or shrub, Attractive, Rocky hillside, Rock gardens, Perennial garden
Use Wildlife: Nectar-moths, Seeds-granivorous birds, Seeds-Small mammals
Conspicuous Flowers: yes


Propagation Material: Seeds

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Austin, TX
National Butterfly Center - Mission, TX


Bibref 318 - Native Texas Plants: Landscaping Region by Region (2002) Wasowski, S. & A. Wasowski
Bibref 291 - Texas Wildscapes: Gardening for Wildlife (1999) Damude, N. & K.C. Bender

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Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Manfreda variegata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Manfreda variegata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Manfreda variegata


Record Modified: 2023-02-17
Research By: TWC Staff

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