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Products > Mangave 'Desert Dragon' PP31,311
Mangave 'Desert Dragon' PP31,311 - Desert Dragon Mangave
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (now Asparagaceae)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Parentage: (Complex Manfreda x Agave hybrid)
Height: <1 foot
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25° F
x Mangave 'Desert Dragon' PP31,311 (Desert Dragon Mangave) - An attractive low growing succulent plant forms a solitary rosette to 6 inches tall by nearly 2 feet wide with wide, wavy and twisting grayish mint green colored leaves overlaid with dark purple spots.

Plant in full to half day sun in a well-drained soil and give occasional to regular irrigation. Hardiness is not well known on this cultivar but based on others information list it as hardy to 20° F for USDA Zones 9a and above. Like the many other Mangave cultivars, it likely will be somewhat resistant to deer and rabbit predation. This ground-hugging variety is an attractive and interesting low growing plant for the rock or succulent garden or planted in a low, wide container. Tony Avent of Plant Delights Nursery says of it that it "looks like a drug-induced hallucination of a giant spider."

Mangave 'Desert Dragon' is a 2018 introduction from the Walters Gardens MAD ABOUT MANGAVEŽ Collection of plants bred by Hans Hansen. It is a complex hybrid made in March 2017 with the seed parent a hybrid between Manfreda maculosa, Agave gypsophila (A. pablocarrilloi) and Agave attenuata and the pollen from a hybrid between Mangave Bloodspot (itself a hybrid between Agave macroacantha and Manfreda maculosa) and Agave geminiflora. It is closest looking to the previously released Mangave 'Dreadlocks' but 'Desert Dragon' has shorter, broader, more twisted and arching leaves that are grayer in color. It received US Plant Patent PP31,311 in December 2019. We first received 'Dreadlocks' from Walters Gardens to trial in July 2018.

At our 40th anniversary Field Day in 2019 we asked attendees to judge their favorite Mangave from our Mangave Display that had 44 cultivars different varieties on display and this plant was one of the highest rated and to this day people always pick it out of the display as being one of the most interesting looking. 

This information about Mangave 'Desert Dragon' PP31,311 displayed is based on research conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.