Furcraea foetida (L.) Haw.
Mauritius Hemp, Mauritian Hemp, Giant Cabuya, Green Aloe, Cuba Hemp, Cuban Hemp, False Agave, Giant False Agave, Giant Lily
Agave bulbosa, Agave commelyni, Agave foetida, Agave gigantea, Agave madagascariensis, Aloe foetida, Fourcroya gigantea, Funium piliferum, Furcraea atroviridis, Furcraea barillettii, Furcraea commelyni, Furcraea gigantea, Furcraea madagascariensis, Furcraea viridis, Furcraea watsoniana
Furcraea foetida is a succulent subshrub with sword-shaped leaves with margins entire or with a few hooked spines. It is stemless or with a short stem and grows up to 5 feet (1.5 m) tall. Leaves are up to 6 feet (1.8 m) long and up to 6 inches (15 cm) wide. Flowers are strongly scented, greenish to creamy-white, and up to 1.6 inches (4 cm) long. They are produced on a large, up to 25 feet (7.5 m) tall inflorescence.
USDA hardiness zones 8a to 11b: from 10 °F (−12.2 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Agaves are not difficult plants to grow. They are slow-growing and dramatic and will even thrive on a bit of neglect. If you are the type of person who likes to fuss with houseplants and water a lot, Agave is probably not the plant for you. If, however, you are the type of person who likes to set it and forget it, and you have a sunny window, Agave might be the way to go. Be aware that some of the large varieties will eventually outgrow your room (unless you have a large greenhouse), and Agave can be aggressive. They have irritating sap and sometimes very sharp thorns that can cause injuries to small children and even pets.
In general, Agaves do not need to be repotted every year. Most of the species commonly found in cultivation grow very slowly and will take a long time to outgrow their pot. It is also best to handle your plant as little as possible since they do not like to be disturbed. When repot, refresh the spent soil with a new potting mix and make sure the plant is firmly anchored in its pot. However, be careful not to pot the Agave too deep as that will encourage stem rot during the growing season.
See more at How to Grow and Care for Agave.
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