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Products > Furcraea foetida
Furcraea foetida - Green Aloe
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (now Asparagaceae)
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 a 8 foot spread of 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 that are attractive to bees. Flowers are followed by small plants that cover the inflorescence as the basal plant dies.

This plant performs best in full coastal sun or filtered light, and should be watered infrequently. It is hardy to about 20-25 degrees F. n interesting and attractive plant that lends a bit of a tropical look in a succulent garden and with its spineless pliable leaves is not dangerous to garden visitors.

Furcraea foetida is 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. 

Information about Furcraea foetida displayed on this page is based on our research about it conducted in our library and gathered from reliable online sources. We include observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery gardens and in other gardens that we have visited, as well as how the crops have performed in containers in our own nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others about this plant when we feel it adds information and particularly welcome hearing from anyone who has any additional cultural recommendations that would aid others in growing it.