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Products > Furcraea foetida 'Mediopicta'
 
Furcraea foetida 'Mediopicta'
   
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (now Asparagaceae)
Origin: Brazil (South America)
Evergreen: Yes
Variegated Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Greenish White
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Synonyms: [Furcraea gigantea 'Striata']
Height: 4-5 feet
Width: 6-8 feet
Exposure: Cool Sun/Light Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Furcraea foetida 'Mediopicta' - A close relative to the Agave, this usually trunkless succulent can reach a size of 6 or more feet tall with a 8 to 10 foot spread with green 4 to 6 foot long wavy sword-shaped leaves that lack any spines. A decorative creamy band occurs down the middle of the leaf. 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 watered infrequently. Some sources list this plant as hardy to USDA zone 9a (20-25 F) but we believe it would require protection in zones lower than 9b (20-25 F). The similar looking Furcraea selloa var marginata is slightly hardier.  This information about Furcraea foetida 'Mediopicta' displayed is based on research conducted in our library and from reliable online resources. We will also note observations that we have made about it as it grows in the gardens in our nursery and those elsewhere, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments we receive from others, and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share cultural information that would aid others in growing it.
 
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