False Agave (Furcraea gigantea, Mauritius hemp Furcraea Foetida)

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Growing Zone: 9-11
Growing Zone: 9-11 Outdoors

Plant Specifications

Plant Name False Agave, Furcraea gigantea, Mauritius hemp Furcraea Foetida
Mature Height 10-12 feet
Mature Width 5-6 feet
Spacing 3-4 feet apart
Sunlight Full to Partial Sun
Temperature Tolerance 30-80°F
Watering Needs Moderate (Once a week)
Growth Rate 10 inches/year
Difficulty Level Easy
Grows Well Indoors Yes, with indirect sunlight
Flowering Time Spring to Early Summer
Origin Native to South America

Delve into the wonders of the Furcraea Foetida, commonly known as the False Agave, Furcraea gigantea, or Mauritius hemp. This robust and architectural plant boasts long, lance-shaped leaves that radiate from its center in a rosette pattern. Its striking blue-green foliage is often adorned with sharp marginal spines, adding to its formidable presence.

How to Grow

The False Agave thrives in full sun to partial shade, relishing well-draining soil. While it's drought-tolerant once established, it appreciates regular watering during its growing phase. Ideally suited for USDA zones 9-11, this plant stands resilient against varying weather conditions.

Care Tips

Water the Furcraea Foetida moderately, letting the top layer of soil dry out before the next watering. Given its drought-tolerant nature, it's crucial not to over-water. While it's largely maintenance-free, removing dead or damaged leaves will keep the plant looking its best.


The False Agave serves as a striking focal point in xeriscapes, rock gardens, or as a specimen plant in large containers. Historically, its fibers, known as "Mauritius hemp", were used in rope-making, showcasing its multifaceted utility.

Planting Tips

When planting, ensure the chosen spot has excellent drainage, as the plant is sensitive to waterlogged conditions. If potting, use a mix designed for succulents or cacti and ensure the container facilitates proper drainage. Plant it in a location where its sharp spines won't pose a hazard to passersby.


Beyond occasional watering and the removal of dead leaves, the Furcraea Foetida requires minimal maintenance. Its slow-growing nature means it seldom needs repotting or pruning.

Pests and Diseases

While generally pest-resistant, watch out for signs of mealybugs or scale. These can be managed with insecticidal soaps or horticultural oils. Good planting practices and ensuring proper drainage will stave off potential root rot issues.

Note: Care should be taken when handling the False Agave due to its sharp spines. It's wise to wear gloves and keep the plant out of reach from children and pets.



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