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Mottled Tuberose

Manfreda variegata

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Mottled Tuberose (Manfreda variegata) at Rainbow Gardens

Mottled Tuberose in bloom

Mottled Tuberose in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plant Height:  14 inches

Flower Height:  4 feet

Spread:  16 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  7a

Other Names:  Texas Tuberose, Agave variegata


This North American native has succulent clumps of dark green leaves that are mottled in light green or burgundy; tall spikes produce fragrant burgundy-dark red flowers that hummingbirds love; good drainage is highly recommended

Ornamental Features

Mottled Tuberose features bold spikes of fragrant burgundy tubular flowers with brown overtones rising above the foliage from mid spring to mid summer. Its attractive serrated sword-like leaves remain green in color with distinctive burgundy spots throughout the season.

Landscape Attributes

Mottled Tuberose is an herbaceous perennial with a rigidly upright and towering form. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other garden plants with finer foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Self-Seeding

Mottled Tuberose is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

Mottled Tuberose will grow to be about 14 inches tall at maturity extending to 4 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 16 inches. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is native to parts of North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Garden  Groundcover 
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

Disclaimer - This Plant Finder tool is an online resource representing many of the varieties that we carry over the course of the season, and is intended for informational purposes only. Inventory varies seasonally, so we cannot guarantee that every plant will be in stock at all times - please contact the store directly for current availability. It does not include our entire selection of plants, so be sure to visit our store to see varieties that may not be represented on this list.