Hardiness: 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
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.
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 Scottsdale, Arizona Concow, California Glen Avon, California La Presa, California San Leandro, California Vinton, Louisiana Las Vegas, Nevada Emerald Isle, North Carolina Lexington, South Carolina Clarksville, Tennessee Austin, Texas (2 reports) El Paso, Texas San Antonio, Texas Sunset Valley, Texas