Furcraea foetida (L.) Haw.
False Agave, Giant Cabuya, Giant False Agave, Giant Lily, Green Aloe, Cuban Hemp, Cuba Hemp, Mauritian Hemp, Mauritius Hemp
Agave foetida, Aloe foetida
Furcraea foetida is a succulent plant that forms a rosette of sword-shaped leaves with usually entire margins, at least in the distal half. It is stemless or with a short stem and can reach up to 5 feet (1.5 m) in height. The leaves can grow up to 6 feet (1.8 m) long and 6 inches (15 cm) wide.
The flowers are strongly scented, greenish to creamy-white, and up to 1.6 inches (4 cm) long. They are produced on a large inflorescence reaching up to 25 feet (7.5 m) in height.
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 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 species commonly found in cultivation grow very slowly and will take long to outgrow their pot. It is also best to handle your plants 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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