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Whale Tale Mangave

Mangave 'Whale Tale'

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Whale Tale Mangave (Mangave 'Whale Tale') at Squak Mountain Nursery

Whale Tale Mangave

Whale Tale Mangave

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Height:  8 inches

Spread:  24 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  9

Other Names:  Manfreda x Agave

Group/Class:  Mad About Mangave Collection

Brand:  Walters Gardens

Description:

This attractive selection produces a rosette of graceful, sea-green succulent leaves with faint burgundy spotting and a silver blue cast; grown primarily for foliage; a great low-maintenance patio plant

Ornamental Features

Whale Tale Mangave's attractive serrated sword-like leaves remain bluish-green in color with distinctive burgundy spots and tinges of silvery blue throughout the season. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Whale Tale Mangave is an herbaceous perennial with a shapely form and gracefully arching foliage. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other garden plants with finer foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Whale Tale Mangave is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Whale Tale Mangave will grow to be about 8 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

Whale Tale Mangave is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a canvas of foliage against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Rock  Garden  Container 
Applications
Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

Disclaimer - This Plant Finder tool is an online resource representing many of the varieties that we carry over the course of the season, and is intended for informational purposes only. Inventory varies seasonally, so we cannot guarantee that every plant will be in stock at all times - please contact the store directly for availability. It does not include our entire inventory of plants, so be sure to visit our store to see varieties that may not be represented on this list.