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Products > Furcraea foetida
 
Furcraea foetida - Green Aloe
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (Agaves)
Origin: South America
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Greenish White
Bloomtime: Spring
Synonyms: [Furcraea gigantea]
Height: 3-5 feet
Width: 6-8 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Furcraea foetida (Green Aloe) - A close relative to the Agave, this usually trunkless succulent can reach a size of 5 feet tall with an 8 foot spread with green 4 to 7 foot long wavy sword-shaped leaves that lack any spines. The flower stalk reaching to 25 feet tall produces strongly-scented greenish-white flowers attractive to bees. Flowers are followed by small plants that cover the inflorescence as the basal plant dies. It performs best in filtered light, and should be watered infrequently. It is hardy to about 20-25 degrees F. Widespread in its native habitat in northern South America. It was once cultivated as a hemp fiber plant on Mauritius Island and is sometimes called by the common name Mauritius Hemp.  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Furcraea foetida.
 
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