Wonder what your home is worth? Find out with our free service.

Furcraea foetida (Mauritius hemp)

Array ( [0] => Array ( [id] => 454 [is_published] => 1 [websiteID] => 5 [url] => /gardening/growing-banksias.php [page_status] => Published [number_of_ads] => 10 [can_use_editor] => 1 [last_modified_date] => 2013-09-16 00:00:00 [last_modified_by] => Alan [checked_for_duplicate_content] => [title] => Growing Banksias [heading] => Growing Banksias [meta_description] => Learn how to grow Banksia in your garden. [article_category_1] => Gardening [article_category_2] => [article_category_3] => [article_category_4] => [article_category_5] => [business_category_1] => Landscaper [business_category_2] => Nursery [business_category_3] => Garden Designer [business_category_4] => Landscape Architect [business_category_5] => [number_of_google_mrecs] => [show_google_ad_bottom_of_page] => [show_get_quotes_top_of_page] => [show_get_quotes_rhs_of_page] => [show_directory_search_widget] => [show_trending_content_widget] => [show_facebook_widget] => [show_further_reading_section] => 1 [show_sponsors_section] => 0 [show_top_article_ad] => 1 ) [1] => Array ( [id] => 150 [is_published] => 1 [websiteID] => 5 [url] => /landscaping/composting.php [page_status] => Published [number_of_ads] => 4 [can_use_editor] => 1 [last_modified_date] => 2013-09-10 00:00:00 [last_modified_by] => Alan [checked_for_duplicate_content] => [title] => Composting [heading] => Composting written by Glorious Gardens [meta_description] => Learn all about the joys of composting. Cold composting and hot composting are just two of several options. [article_category_1] => Landscaping [article_category_2] => [article_category_3] => [article_category_4] => [article_category_5] => [business_category_1] => Landscaper [business_category_2] => Nursery [business_category_3] => Garden Designer [business_category_4] => Landscape Architect [business_category_5] => [number_of_google_mrecs] => 1 [show_google_ad_bottom_of_page] => 1 [show_get_quotes_top_of_page] => 1 [show_get_quotes_rhs_of_page] => 1 [show_directory_search_widget] => 1 [show_trending_content_widget] => 1 [show_facebook_widget] => 1 [show_further_reading_section] => 1 [show_sponsors_section] => 0 [show_top_article_ad] => 1 ) [2] => Array ( [id] => 450 [is_published] => 1 [websiteID] => 5 [url] => /gardening/the-rose.php [page_status] => Published [number_of_ads] => 4 [can_use_editor] => 1 [last_modified_date] => 2013-09-16 00:00:00 [last_modified_by] => Alan [checked_for_duplicate_content] => [title] => The Rose [heading] => The Rose [meta_description] => Learn all about roses. How to grow and care for them, history, and more. [article_category_1] => Gardening [article_category_2] => [article_category_3] => [article_category_4] => [article_category_5] => [business_category_1] => Landscaper [business_category_2] => Nursery [business_category_3] => Garden Designer [business_category_4] => Landscape Architect [business_category_5] => [number_of_google_mrecs] => 1 [show_google_ad_bottom_of_page] => 1 [show_get_quotes_top_of_page] => 1 [show_get_quotes_rhs_of_page] => 1 [show_directory_search_widget] => 1 [show_trending_content_widget] => 1 [show_facebook_widget] => 1 [show_further_reading_section] => 1 [show_sponsors_section] => 1 [show_top_article_ad] => 1 ) [3] => Array ( [id] => 210 [is_published] => 1 [websiteID] => 5 [url] => /gardening/top-ten-native-plants.php [page_status] => Published [number_of_ads] => 5 [can_use_editor] => 1 [last_modified_date] => 2013-09-16 00:00:00 [last_modified_by] => Alan [checked_for_duplicate_content] => [title] => top ten native plants [heading] => Top ten native plants [meta_description] => Native plant specialist Angus Stewart's top ten native Australian plants [article_category_1] => Gardening [article_category_2] => [article_category_3] => [article_category_4] => [article_category_5] => [business_category_1] => Landscaper [business_category_2] => Nursery [business_category_3] => Garden Designer [business_category_4] => Landscape Architect [business_category_5] => [number_of_google_mrecs] => [show_google_ad_bottom_of_page] => [show_get_quotes_top_of_page] => [show_get_quotes_rhs_of_page] => [show_directory_search_widget] => [show_trending_content_widget] => [show_facebook_widget] => [show_further_reading_section] => 1 [show_sponsors_section] => 0 [show_top_article_ad] => 1 ) )

Helpful articles

Growing Banksias. Learn how to grow Banksia in your garden.

Composting written by Glorious Gardens. Learn all about the joys of composting. Cold composting and hot composting are just two of several options.

The Rose. Learn all about roses. How to grow and care for them, history, and more.

Top ten native plants. Native plant specialist Angus Stewart's top ten native Australian plants.

Plant description

furcraea foetida mauritius hemp.

furcraea foetida mauritius hemp

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.

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: cream
Flowering season: not specified

Scent

The flowers are strongly scented

Plant size

Maximum height: 2 metres
Minimum height: not specified

Maximum width: 2 metres
Minimum width: not specified

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Yes. Attracts: Birds, butterflies, insects, bees.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: temperate, subtropical, tropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: moist, well-drained.

Clay: moist, well-drained.

Sand: moist.

Soil pH: 6.0-7.5

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: Any.

Types of fertiliser: Good general purpose fertiliser.

Find a nursery       Search for another plant