Pic of the Day – Manfreda undulata ‘Chocolate Chips’

The alien flowers of Manfreda undulata

The alien flowers of Manfreda undulata.

This Mexican, deciduous agave relative with intensely wavy leaf margins and heavily spotted foliage makes a rosette to about 6” tall in our Xeric Garden at the JC Raulston Arboretum.  The leaves are just too cool and attract comment from everyone who passes near.  Wildly undulating edges are so heavily spotted they almost appear burgundy.  The original plant arose as a seedling from a Mexican collection by the folks at Yucca Do Nursery.  The tall flower spikes to 4’ in June are other-worldy with greenish-blue stems and exerted burgundy stamens.  Grow these plants in well-drained soil in full sun to light shade.

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The wavy leaves are heavily spotted. - photo Tim Alderton

The wavy leaves are heavily spotted. – photo Tim Alderton

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