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Mangave ‘Falling Waters’

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Mangave 'Falling Waters', Falling Waters Mangave, Succulent, Perennial Succulent
Mangave 'Falling Waters', Falling Waters Mangave, Succulent, Perennial Succulent

Mangave ‘Falling Waters’ is a versatile and visually striking plant that offers numerous benefits for gardeners looking to add a unique and elegant element to their landscapes. Its distinctive appearance, combined with its low maintenance needs and adaptability, make it a standout choice for a variety of garden settings. Whether used as a focal point in a rock garden, a striking addition to a succulent border, or a dramatic feature in a container, Mangave ‘Falling Waters’ is sure to capture attention and admiration.

Mangave ‘Falling Waters’: An In-depth Look

Mangave ‘Falling Waters’ is a remarkable hybrid succulent that captures the beauty and hardiness of both the Agave and Manfreda genera. This plant is particularly noted for its elegant, cascading foliage, which gives the appearance of a waterfall, hence its name. The leaves are a stunning blue-green with dark purple spots that become more pronounced in bright sunlight. The foliage grows in a graceful arching pattern, creating a unique and eye-catching display. The combination of its color, texture, and form makes Mangave ‘Falling Waters’ an exceptional addition to any garden or container.

Native: Mangave ‘Falling Waters’ is not naturally occurring in the wild, as it is a cultivated hybrid. Its parent plants, Agave and Manfreda, are native to the arid and semi-arid regions of North and Central America, particularly Mexico and the southwestern United States. It belongs to the asparagus family (Asparagaceae), along with agaves and hostas.

Plant Type and Habit: Mangave ‘Falling Waters’ is a perennial succulent with a rosette-forming habit. The plant grows in a compact, yet cascading manner, with leaves that arch downward, giving it a flowing, waterfall-like appearance. This growth habit makes it ideal for use as a focal point in garden landscapes or as a dramatic specimen in container plantings.

Size: Mangave ‘Falling Waters’ typically reaches a height of 8 to 10 inches (20 to 25 cm) and spreads 28 to 30 inches (70 to 75 cm) wide. The compact size makes it an excellent choice for container gardening, rock gardens, and borders.

Foliage: The foliage of Mangave ‘Falling Waters’ is its most distinctive feature. The thick, blue-green succulent leaves cascade like a tranquil waterfall. Faint spots become more pronounced in UV light, enhancing its three-dimensional appearance. The leaves fold upward to reveal heavily toothed margins, adding texture and visual interest.

Uses: Mangave ‘Falling Waters’ is primarily used as an ornamental plant. Its unique appearance makes it a standout choice for rock gardens, succulent gardens, and borders. It also performs well in containers, allowing for versatile placement in patios, balconies, and indoor spaces. The plant’s low maintenance requirements and drought tolerance make it an excellent choice for xeriscaping and water-wise gardens.

Hardiness: Mangave ‘Falling Waters’ is hardy in USDA zones 9 to 11 and thrives in temperatures between 60-75°F (15-24°C). It prefers warm climates and should be protected from frost.

Toxicity: Like many members of the Agave family, Mangave ‘Falling Waters’ contains sap that can be irritating to the skin and mucous membranes. It is advisable to handle the plant with care, wearing gloves to avoid contact with the sap. Pets (dogs, cats): harmful if eaten.

Deer and Rabbit: Generally resistant to deer and rabbits.

Drought: Mangave ‘Falling Waters’ is highly drought-tolerant, an essential trait inherited from its Agave parentage. The plant stores water in its thick leaves, allowing it to survive prolonged periods without rainfall. It thrives in dry, well-draining soil and requires minimal supplemental watering once established.

Invasiveness: Mangave ‘Falling Waters’ is not considered invasive. It grows slowly and remains relatively contained within its planting area. While it can produce offsets, these can be easily managed or transplanted to new locations.

Benefits: The primary benefits of Mangave ‘Falling Waters’ include its unique and attractive appearance, low maintenance requirements, and adaptability to various garden settings. The plant’s drought tolerance makes it an excellent choice for xeriscaping and water-wise gardening. Additionally, Mangave ‘Falling Waters’ is resistant to deer and rabbits, reducing the likelihood of damage from these animals.

Mangave Growing Tips

Light: Prefers full sun. Needs at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily for optimal growth.

Soil: Requires well-draining soil, such as cactus or succulent mix. Adding sand or perlite can improve drainage.

Water: Water sparingly; allow soil to dry completely between waterings. Reduce watering in winter when the plant is dormant.

Fertilizer: Feed with a diluted, balanced fertilizer once a month during the growing season (spring and summer). Avoid over-fertilizing to prevent leggy growth.

Pruning: Pruning is not necessary. Remove any dead or damaged parts as needed.

Pests and Diseases: Generally pest-resistant but watch for pests like mealybugs or scale insects. Overwatering can lead to root rot, so ensure proper drainage.

Requirements

Hardiness 9 - 11
Plant Type Cactus & Succulents
Plant Family Asparagaceae
Genus Mangave
Common names Mangave
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 8" - 10"
(20cm - 25cm)
Spread 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spacing 30" (80cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought, Dry Soil, Deer, Rabbit
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Mediterranean Garden
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Mangave ‘Frosted Elegance’
Mangave ‘Racing Stripes’
Mangave ‘Thunderbird’
Mangave ‘Mayan Queen’
Mangave ‘Sponge Paint’
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Requirements

Hardiness 9 - 11
Plant Type Cactus & Succulents
Plant Family Asparagaceae
Genus Mangave
Common names Mangave
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 8" - 10"
(20cm - 25cm)
Spread 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spacing 30" (80cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought, Dry Soil, Deer, Rabbit
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Mediterranean Garden
How Many Plants
Do I Need?
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