Manfreda variegata -
Amaryllidaceae, Amaryllis Family
DESCRIPTION: Leaves in basal rosette, succulent.
Height: To 1 foot, flower stalk to 6 feet.
Flowers: Striking, 8 inch long and 5 inch
wide flower cluster, light yellow
to greenish yellow turning red,
lily-like with showy anthers.
Spring and summer.
Foliage: Looks like that of agaves, 16 inches long, tapering to a point, covered in liver-colored spots.
Fruit: A papery capsule
Growth rate: Slow
Sun: Full sun to full shade
Maintenance: Remove old flower stalks
Propagation: Seeds, divisions of root offsets
NATIVE HABITAT: Known only along the Lower Rio Grande and in Tamaulipas, Mexico.
WILDLIFE USE: May be a host plant for Manfreda Giant Skipper which is Endangered in Texas due to
COMMENTS: Mass plantings may function as ground cover. Mulching around the base shows off leaves.