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Furcraea foetida, Mauritius hemp, is an ornamental, evergreen perennial subshrub with glossy green, cream and yellow striped leaves. It is a dramatic, sculptural plant, with long, upright, sword shaped leaves. The leaves are soft and have no sharp edges, making them a beautiful garden addition. The flower stem is also dramatic, reaching to 7 metres tall with cream flowers that are strongly scented. The flower stem can produce small bulbils, which will sprout and grow new plants. This is an easy care plant. It has a shallow, fibrous root system.
Furcraea likes warm climates, and does well in sub tropical to tropical climates, and warm frost free temperate areas. It does well on well drained soil, in a sunny to part shaded position. Fertilise in spring.
This plant is also known as Furcraea gigantea. It is a good source of hemp-like fibres.
Flower colour: cream
Flowering season: not specified
The flowers are strongly scented
Maximum height: 2 metres
Minimum height: not specified
Maximum width: 2 metres
Minimum width: not specified
This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.
Yes. Attracts: Birds, butterflies, insects, bees.
This plant species will grow in the following climates: temperate, subtropical, tropical.
Loam: moist, well-drained.
Clay: moist, well-drained.
Soil pH: 6.0-7.5
Planting season: Any.
Types of fertiliser: Good general purpose fertiliser.