General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 6a -23.3 °C (-10 °F) to -20.6 °C (-5 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 3 to 6 feet
Plant Spread: 3 to 4 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Other: Pale green, sometimes with reddish-purple mottling.
Fruit: Dehiscent
Other: 1/2 inch round, 3-celled capsule, each cell containing two rows of black seeds.
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Green
Other: With conspicuous pale yellow anthers that give the flower a tan to yellowish appearance.
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Groundcover
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Days to germinate: 3 to 4 weeks
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Moths and Butterflies
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth

Common names
  • Virginia Agave
  • Manfreda
  • American Aloe
  • Rattlesnake Master
  • Century Plant
  • Amole
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Agave virginica
  • Synonym: Manfreda virginica

Photo Gallery
Location: Georgia State University Native Plant Botanical Garden, Decatur, Georgia
Date: 04/28/2019
public domain photo by clifflandis via Wikimedia Commons:
Location: Philadelphia Flower Show
Date: March 2017
Location: My garden in N E Pa. 
Date: 2009-06-27
Location: Mississippi
Date: 2013-08-13
Location: Mississippi
Date: 2013-08-13
Location: Mississippi
Date: 2013-08-13

Photo Courtesy of Lazy S'S Farm Nursery.
  • Uploaded by Joy

Photo Courtesy of Lazy S'S Farm Nursery.
  • Uploaded by Joy

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