Mangave 'Purple People Eater' PP29,949 - A stunning plant to 14 inches tall by 24 inches wide with thick blue-green recurved leaves so covered densely with purple spots so that the leaves appear bathed in a blush of purple. The leaves are deeply caniculate (having longitudinal channels.) with the upright margins displaying yellow-orange to reddish brown teeth and a darker terminal spine.
Plant in full to half day sun in a well-drained soil and give occasional to regular irrigation. Should prove hardy to at least 25° F and useful in gardens in USDA Zone 9 and above.
Mangave 'Purple People Eater' is a 2017 introduction in the Walters Gardens MAD ABOUT MANGAVEŽ Collection of plants and is a hybrid was created by Hans Hansen at Walters Gardens in Zeeland Michigan that is the result of crossing x Mangave 'Bloodspot with Agave pablocarrilloi (AKA Agave gypsophila, Hort.). It received its U.S. plant patent in December 2018. The name comes from the famous 1958 novelty song by actor singer Shelby Fredrick "Sheb" Wooley titled "Purple People Eater" with such lines as "It was a one-eyed, one-horned, flyin' purple people eater, one-eyed, one-horned, flyin' purple people eater, Sure looks strange to me!".
We first received this attractive cultivar in 2020 and sold it for a couple years. The picture on this page courtesy of Walters Gardens.
Information about Mangave 'Purple People Eater' PP29,949 displayed on this page is based on our research about it conducted in our library and gathered from reliable online sources. We include observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery gardens and in other gardens that we have visited, as well as how the crops have performed in containers in our own nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others about this plant when we feel it adds information and particularly welcome hearing from anyone who has any additional cultural recommendations that would aid others in growing it.