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Furcraea foetida (Mauritius hemp)

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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.

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