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Manfreda virginica

Manfreda virginica
Synonym(s) Agave virginica
Common name false aloe; Virginia agave
Family agavaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z6-9)
Flowers yellow-green (late summer)
Size 3-6'
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil (drought-tolerant)
From seed Germinate at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below

Tall flower spikes will supposedly rise from the flat rosettes, but that apparently takes a good number of years. The plants in the photo above are about three years old, started from seed in winter of 2018. Growing just in front of our rock garden, they are healthy and happy, but don't look ready to throw up their flowers yet.

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: Houston rock garden

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '04 trade. Baggy 70F (65%G, 10-50d)
  2. Seed from NARGS '14/'15 exchange. Baggy 70F (86%G, 7-13d)
  3. Same seed as above. Pot outside 11/10 (7 SL, 2-3w)
  4. Same seed as above. Baggy 70F (92%G, 5-16d)

Extended period of germination, but not difficult.

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