This succulent is named after a song by Sheb Wooley, the ‘people eater’ part is a humongous misnomer; the plant doesn’t eat anybody. However, the purple leaf coloration makes the name suitable. It is produced by hybridizing Agave Macroacantha, Agave Pablocarriloi, and some Manfreda species.
|Scientific Name:||Mangave ’Purple People Eater’|
|Growth Season:||Spring to autumn|
|Preferred Temperature:||15.5oC (60oF) give or take a few degrees. Winter is hardy to between 0oC (32oF) if the temperature remains in that position for a short time. If it goes below this or remains here for too long, move the plant indoors to save it.|
|Hardiness Zone:||USDA Zone 9-11|
|Dormancy:||Its growth slows in winter.|
|Toxicity:||When ingested or touched, it is not toxic to humans or pets.|
Mangave Purple People Eater Physical Characteristics
Thick, fleshy, arrow-head shaped leaves characterize this plant. The leaves are narrow at the base and widen towards the center in an almost geometrical shape before tapering at the edge. They are smooth and covered with a whitish powder to prevent scorching by sunlight.
These leaves form dense rosettes at various levels and overlap at almost equal distances from one leaf to the other. They are bluish-green with red spotting, but when walking by, eyes perceive a mixture of blue and red, thus the appearance of purple.
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Hey everyone! I’m Richard. Welcome to my blog, which is all about succulents, cacti, and a bit about air plants. Ten years back, in 2013, I began my journey with succulents. It started as a simple hobby, crafting and selling charming succulent-themed pins and decorations. But as time passed, my fascination with these remarkable plants grew, and I gained extensive knowledge about them. Therefore, Succulent City is the blog as you see it is now. Enjoy your visit and happly planting!