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PlantFiles: Manfreda
Agave 'Macho Mocha'

Family: Agavaceae (ah-gav-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Agave (a-GAH-vee) (Info)
Cultivar: Macho Mocha
Additional cultivar information: (aka Macha Mocha)

Synonym:X Mangave

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

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Bloom Color:
Pale Green
Maroon (Purple-Brown)

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive poeciliopsis On Jan 23, 2015, poeciliopsis from Phoenix, AZ wrote:

Central Phoenix -- Like with many Manfredas, when you have one of these, you have many. I annually discard numerous pups of Macho Mocha. My "parent" plant is 4 years old and doing well. It is in pot in full sun with reflected light off the pool and is sometimes splashed by chlorinated water. It gets daily water in summer from a drip. It is unprotected in the winter and has weathered freeze down to 24F. It does well. Two of its pups are in a pot in partial shade, with bi-weekly water in summer and a cover in winter. They also do well. The only difference between these plants in substantially different environments is the ones in shade have longer leaves and the leaves of the one in sun are more purple.

Positive keng3 On Apr 24, 2010, keng3 from El Paso, TX wrote:

Does well in El Paso; freezes back and comes back beautifully in late winter to bloom.

Neutral htop On Feb 20, 2009, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have not grown this plant. Manfreda 'Macho Mocha' is thought to be a naturally occurring bigeneric hybrid between Manfreda variegata and Agave celsii. Some believe it may be a tetraploid mutation of Manfreda variegata. While on a plant exploration trip into Mexico, the well-known plant explorer Carl Schoenfeld of Yucca Do Nursery collected seed from a Manfreda variegata plant at a location where there was also Agave ceslsii. The resulting seedling was raised and named by him. He called it a Mangave. and until the botanists finally decide on its classification, this is what many growers now call it also. Grown in high light conditions, 'Macha Mocha' has thick, rubbery green leaves (softer leaves than an agave with bristles that are not sharp) that are washed in lavender and are covered in brownish-red or brownish-purple spots. The leaves grow in a stemless rosette.

In late spring, an 8 foot tall, thick, reddish flower stalk emerges as an agave does. The bloom buds are white with the light green blooms not resembling an agave's blooms. The plant is solitary until it flowers. At this time, several new plants will emerge from below the older rosette. It doesn't die after bloom like agaves do. Although it will grow in light shade, leaf coloration is more pronounced when grown in full sun. It needs well-drained soils to prosper. Do not give supplemental water in the winter. 'Macho Mocha' is very hardy with some sources stating that it has survived temperatures down to 9 degress F in areas with dry winters. In cold regions that have wet winters, it should be grown in a container. Be aware that slugs seem to love this plant and can severely damage it.

Positive kdaustin On Sep 25, 2008, kdaustin from Austin, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Umm, Zone 10? Well known to be hardy to at least zone 8. Very pretty.
The leaves are spotted purple, and have a blue/gray cast in sun.
Bold and unusual prescence in the garden. Will grow well with quite a bit of shade. Pups quite a bit, but don't worry, everyone will want one.
Great in containers or in flowerbeds. Does need some summer irrigarion for best performance.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Kingman, Arizona
Maricopa, Arizona
Mesa, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona (2 reports)
Scottsdale, Arizona
Concow, California
Glen Avon, California
San Leandro, California
Spring Valley, California
Vinton, Louisiana
Las Vegas, Nevada
Emerald Isle, North Carolina
Lexington, South Carolina
Clarksville, Tennessee
Austin, Texas (3 reports)
El Paso, Texas
San Antonio, Texas

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