|Common Name||urticaria, Furcraea foetida (Giant Cabuya, Green-aloe, or Mauritius-hemp)|
|Maximum Reachable Height||8-10 feet|
|Bloom Time||June to July|
|Difficulty Level||easy to grow|
Planting And Care
Full sun is best, but Furcaria will do just fine in light shade as well. These are good plants for a south-facing exposure or unobstructed east- or west-facing window. Furcaria is drought resistant due to their large root system: watering them infrequently (though more so during their bloom in summer and spring) will be fine. Be careful not to overwater. As with most succulents, standing water can be lethal.
A well-draining succulent mix is crucial. Too much water will kill these plants and they should never be in water-logged soil or allowed to stand in a tray with water. The pH should generally be slightly acidic. Furcaria will take either a controlled-release fertilizer at the beginning of the season or weekly fertilization with a weak liquid solution.
The Furcraea plant is sometimes used as ornamental pieces in gardens and as a source of natural fibers. The most popular among them is the Furcraea foetida: its long, sword-shaped, variegated leaves make it a distinctive and attractive ornamental piece.
Furcraea also blooms with flowers ranging from creamy white to green with a powerful and pleasant scent. Though different species of Furcraea vary in size, it is a fairly manageable size for container cultivation. It generally remains only a few feet tall and a few feet wide.
|Sunlight||Full Sun to Partial Shade|
|Fertilizer||Apply any organic fertilizer|