Mangave ‘Moonglow’

Stiff, thin, aqua leaves with inky blots of purple form a starlike arrangement. Stunning plant looks most dramatic when placed before light backgrounds.
height 8–12
width 12–24in
tolerates Cold, Drought, Heat, Pots, Wind
Mangave are drought-tolerant, but they’ll look their best when given summer water every week or two. Like their manfreda relatives, they prefer more summer water than agaves.
exposure Part Shade – Full Sun
drainage In Ground: Cactus Mix, In Pots: Cactus Mix
fertilizing All Purpose
origin Hybrid
6–9, 11–24

Sunset Zones Map

Outdoor Exposure Guide


Full Sun
Six or more hours of sun beams directly landing on the plant's leaves.

Part Shade
Three to five hours of sun beams directly landing on the plant's leaves.

Part Sun
One to two hours of sun beams directly landing on the plants leaves.

Full Shade
The plant is never fully lit by sun beams, but is in a bright spot or has dappled sunbeams playing over the leaves throughout the day.

Deep Shade
The plant never has dappled light on the leaves, and is in a place that feels dim, even on a nice sunny day.


Growing Notes

Mangave are low-maintenance plants, requiring little attention to look fabulous in your garden. If the lower leaves start to get a bit brown at the tips they can be removed.
Patterns and colors become more intense with more sun, so place them in as much sun as possible, unless you are inland where the sun is particularly hot, and then you should avoid afternoon sun. They are not as tolerant of hot sun as agaves.
Slugs and snails can do damage to the softer leaved mangaves, so keep an eye out for them and treat accordingly.

Special Interest

Mangaves are a relatively recent addition to the garden world, and we’re excited to see new hybrids almost continuously! These are an intergeneric hybrid between agaves and manfredas. They have the desirable stiff form of agaves, but are less pokey, more supple and colorful like manfredas. They also grow much faster than agaves, reputedly twice as fast as their parent agave. Confoundingly the genus manfreda has since been folded into the genus agave, and so theoretically mangaves are just agave hybrids. Commonly, we all continue to call them mangaves though!