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Mangave ‘Mayan Queen’

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Mangave 'Mayan Queen', Mayan Queen Mangave, Succulent, Perennial Succulent
Mangave 'Mayan Queen', Mayan Queen Mangave, Succulent, Perennial Succulent
Mangave 'Mayan Queen', Mayan Queen Mangave, Succulent, Perennial Succulent
Mangave 'Mayan Queen', Mayan Queen Mangave, Succulent, Perennial Succulent

Mangave ‘Mayan Queen’ is a versatile and visually striking plant that offers numerous benefits for gardeners looking to add a unique and sophisticated 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 large container, Mangave ‘Mayan Queen’ is sure to capture attention and admiration.

Mangave ‘Mayan Queen’: An In-depth Look

Mangave ‘Mayan Queen’ is an exquisite hybrid succulent that showcases the robust characteristics of Agave combined with the unique features of Manfreda. This plant is particularly admired for its large, gracefully arching leaves that form a stunning rosette. The foliage exhibits a blend of frosty blue with subtle burgundy spots, creating a dramatic and elegant appearance. The plant’s overall form and coloration evoke the majesty and mystery of ancient Mayan royalty, hence the name ‘Mayan Queen’.

Native: Mangave ‘Mayan Queen’ 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 ‘Mayan Queen’ is a perennial succulent with a rosette-forming habit. The plant grows in a symmetrical, compact manner, making it ideal for various garden settings.

Size: Mangave ‘Mayan Queen’ typically reaches a height of 12 inches (30 cm) and spreads 22 to 24 inches (55 to 60 cm) wide.

Foliage: The foliage of Mangave ‘Mayan Queen’ is its most distinctive feature. The frosty blue leaves of Mangave ‘Mayan Queen’ feature serrated edges and subtle burgundy spots concentrated at the tips. From a distance, the leaves appear lavender. The burgundy spots are most prominent on leaves that receive direct sunlight, while lower leaves remain greener. The narrow leaves curl and arch downward at the tips.

Uses: Mangave ‘Mayan Queen’ 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 ‘Mayan Queen’ 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 ‘Mayan Queen’ 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 ‘Mayan Queen’ 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 ‘Mayan Queen’ 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 ‘Mayan Queen’ 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 ‘Mayan Queen’ 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 1' (30cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 20" - 24"
(50cm - 60cm)
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 Mediterranean Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Mangave ‘Frosted Elegance’
Mangave ‘Racing Stripes’
Mangave ‘Thunderbird’
Mangave ‘Sponge Paint’
Mangave ‘Pineapple Punch’
Mangave ‘Aztec King’

Recommended Companion Plants

Agave
Aeonium
Echeveria
While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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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 1' (30cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 20" - 24"
(50cm - 60cm)
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 Mediterranean Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden
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Do I Need?
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