General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 7a -17.8 °C (0 °F) to -15 °C (5 °F)
Plant Height: 6-8 inches
Plant Spread: 12-18 inches
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Other: Spotted (purple-brown)
Fruit: Dehiscent
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Purple
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Can handle transplanting
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots

Common names
  • Manfreda
  • Century Plant
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Agave undulata
  • Synonym: Manfreda undulata

Photo Gallery
Location: Baja California
Date: 2018-08-23
10 inch pot, full sun
Location: Baja California
Date: 2018-12-24
2 years old
Location: Baja California
Date: 2017-12-26
1 year old seedling
Location: Baja California
Date: 2019-06-20
Receptive stigma
Location: Baja California
Date: 2019-06-20
Location: Baja California
Date: 2019-05-16
Location: Baja California
Date: 2017-01-06
Spots start on third true leaf
Location: Baja California
Date: 2020-10-04
Location: Baja California
Date: 2020-10-04
Ripe fruit
  • Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on May 3, 2019 6:20 PM concerning plant:
    Attractive agave from the Manfreda group with undulating margins and purple spots. Fast growing; may flower in its third year, and does not die after flowering. Stamens are far exserted. This plant produces abundant nectar and sprinkles it about during flowering. Selected named cultivars exist, most derived from one called "Chocolate Chips". This plant may be self fertile and is easy to grow from seed, but tends to look scraggly in old age (once it starts putting up multiple inflorescences each year), at least in containers where space is limited.

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