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Mangave ‘Tooth Fairy’

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Mangave 'Tooth Fairy', Tooth Fairy Mangave, Succulent, Perennial Succulent
Mangave 'Tooth Fairy', Tooth Fairy Mangave, Succulent, Perennial Succulent
Mangave 'Tooth Fairy', Tooth Fairy Mangave, Succulent, Perennial Succulent
Mangave 'Tooth Fairy', Tooth Fairy Mangave, Succulent, Perennial Succulent

Mangave ‘Tooth Fairy’ is a versatile and visually striking plant that offers numerous benefits for gardeners looking to add a touch of the exotic to their landscapes. Its unique appearance, combined with its low maintenance needs and adaptability, make it a standout choice for a variety of garden settings.

Mangave ‘Tooth Fairy’: An In-depth Look

Mangave ‘Tooth Fairy’ is an intergeneric hybrid between the Agave and Manfreda genera, resulting in a plant that combines the best traits of both parents. This hybrid succulent is known for its striking appearance, with thick, fleshy leaves that are arranged in a symmetrical rosette. The leaves are a bright green to bluish-green color with distinctive, pronounced red to maroon spines along the margins, giving the plant its ‘Tooth Fairy’ name. The leaves also have a textured, slightly wavy surface with a waxy coating that adds to its visual appeal.

Native: Mangave ‘Tooth Fairy’ 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 ‘Tooth Fairy’ is a perennial succulent with a compact, rosette-forming habit. The plant grows in a symmetrical, low-growing form that makes it suitable for a variety of garden settings.

Size: Mangave ‘Tooth Fairy’ typically reaches a height of 10 to 12 inches (25 to 30 cm) and can spread about 16 to 18 inches (40 to 45 cm) wide. The compact size makes it an excellent choice for container gardening, rock gardens, and borders.

Foliage: The foliage of Mangave ‘Tooth Fairy’ is its most striking feature. The thick, fleshy leaves are arranged in a rosette and can vary in color from bright green to bluish-green. The leaves have a textured surface with a waxy coating that gives them a slightly glossy appearance. The margins of the leaves are lined with pronounced red to maroon spines, which are both decorative and protective. The overall effect is a plant that looks both exotic and rugged, ideal for adding visual interest to any garden.

Uses: Mangave ‘Tooth Fairy’ 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 ‘Tooth Fairy’ 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 ‘Tooth Fairy’ 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, due to its tough, spiny leaves. The sharp spines along the leaf margins act as a deterrent, making the plant less likely to be browsed by these animals.

Drought: Mangave ‘Tooth Fairy’ 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 ‘Tooth Fairy’ 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 ‘Tooth Fairy’ include its unique and attractive appearance, low maintenance requirements, and adaptability to a variety of garden settings. Its drought tolerance makes it an excellent choice for xeriscaping and water-wise gardening. The plant’s resistance to deer and rabbits adds to its value as a garden plant.

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 10" - 1'
(25cm - 30cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 16" - 18"
(40cm - 50cm)
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 ‘Mayan Queen’
Mangave ‘Sponge Paint’
Mangave ‘Pineapple Punch’

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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 10" - 1'
(25cm - 30cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 16" - 18"
(40cm - 50cm)
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
How Many Plants
Do I Need?
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