An unusually attractive foliage plant with mottled leaves, Manfreda maculosa Texas Tuberose also known as rattlesnake agave is a great choice for rock gardens. It can take full sun to partial shade with a well drained soil mix. Needs very less water. Plants are watered only enough to keep the foliage from shriveling.
A classic cross between the considerably darker, burgundy variety with the dark burgundy-purple floral bract and the brighter, red variety with the red branching bract that could give either colour, or in some cases, a mix of colours. A beautiful specimen, either ways.
This is an unusually beautiful plant whose shiny green leaves with dark, hieroglyphic cross bands totally outshine its tall green flower spike bearing pale cream flowers. Given some 10 years, the rosette can spread to about 1.5 metres, earning it the common name of King of Bromeliads.
Purplish black in bright light, this large bromeliad spans a meter when mature. Its meter long spike has black bracts bearing off-white flowers, creating vivid contrasts and making it a great accent plant. Prefers semi-shade to dappled bright light; the amount of light influences foliage colour.
N. scarlet charlotte has bright green leaves with the most gorgeous scarlet centre at maturity whereas N. medusa is spineless beauty with lovely formed rosette and intense colouring at flowering . A cross between these beauties and you have a lovely plant that deserves a place in any collection. Best in dappled light, with some morning sun to maximise the leaf colouring at flowering.