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Origin and Habitat: Garden origin.
Description: Mangave 'Bloodspot' (or 'Blood Spot') is a gorgeous intergeneric hybrid (nothogenus) of arguable origin that seem to be originated in Japan crossing Agave macroacantha × Manfreda maculosa.
Rosette: Compact, very symmetrical, rigidly upright, non-suckering, similar in shape to an agave up to 30 cm tall by 38 cm wide
Leaves: Succulent, stiff, lanceolate, 20 cm long by 2,5 cm wide, dark green when young then grey-green and heavily speckled with cranberry red spots, edges maroon with tiny, bright red teeth and a small terminal spine. Leaf imprints only on the back of the leaves. The contrast of colours is most prominent when plants are grown outside exposed to the sun. As the plant mature approaching blooming time, the leaves in the centre become lighter, less speckled and a cool, pale blue-grey colour while the outside lower leaves still look blood speckled.
Inflorescence: About 1 m tall with few-flowered heads
Flowers: Brown with exserted stamens.
Blooming season: June-July.
Remarks: In the recent Joachim Thiede combined Polianthes (Tuberose) and Manfreda into Agave, thus making the Mangave” actually an interspecific Agave hybrid.
х Mangave cv. Bloodspot Photo by: Raimondo Paladini
х Mangave cv. Bloodspot Photo by: Matteo Faggion
Cultivation and Propagation: It is a relatively easy-to-grow plant. Seems pretty wimpy in hot, blazing sun, but does great in partial sun to shade. It is relatively cold sensitive for an Agave, Just a light freeze (-2° C) for an extended period can burn some leaves (but can survive to at least – 6°, particularly when dry, even though portion of a mature plant can ‘melt’)... but it's too beautiful to risk not covering it on cold nights.
Need a very well-drained, soil. It grows fairly fast in summer if provided with copious water but allows to dry thoroughly before watering again (the more water and fertilizer this plant gets the faster it will grow). During the winter months, one should only water enough to keep the leaves from shrivelling.
It does great in containers or in the ground. Plants cultivated outdoors are more drought tolerant and can take some heat and full sun. Winter storms and rain can damage the outdoor plants (A physiological condition called edema or oedema)
Remove suckers to show of the beauty and form of the individual rosette.
Propagation: Most of the plant in cultivation are clones obtained from micropropagation, as this cultivar rarely suckers. If suckers will be available remove them in spring or summer and let the cuttings dry for a few days before inserting in compost. It may also propagate by bulbils found on the floral stalk.
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