Manfreda virginica

Manfreda” is named after 14th century Italian botanist Manfredus de Monte Imperiale.  The species name “virginica” refers to this species being first collected in Virginia.  

Synonym:Agave virginica
Common Name:American Agave, False Aloe
Authority: Linnaeus
C Value:8
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Genus in Illinois:
Flower Type:Perfect
Growth Habit:Forb
Leaf Arrangement:Basal
Leaf Type:Simple
Leaf Margin:Entire
Leaf Toothing:Entire
Flower Color:Green, White
Habitat:sandstone glades, dry woodlands
Status (State):Not Listed
Status (Federal):Not Listed
ID Tips:Succulent leaves are often spotted, tall flower stalks
Gee Whiz:Agave is what tequila is made from. Another name false aloe, refers to the succulent leaves, but this species is not closely related to Aloe vera. Unlike true Agaves, this species is not monocarpic, and flowers several times throughout its lifetime.