Furcraea longaeva

Furcraea longaeva

Giant furcraea

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Furcraea longaeva
  • Common name: Giant furcraea
  • Family: Agavaceae
  • Plant Type: Cactus or succulent, House plant, Tree
Flower colour:

White

Foliage colour:

Blue​/​Green

Furcraea longaeva has pale blue-green sword-shaped leaves which grow upwards, like a yucca. Mature plants bear enormous white flower spikes in summer, which sometimes reach heights of more than three metres. Each individual flower on the spike develops into a tiny baby plant, which drops off the stem to root into the soil, while the parent plant eventually dies. It’s perfect for adding a touch of drama to an exotic or tropical style border.

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Grow Furcraea longaeva in full sun in well-drained soil. Frost tender, you will need to protect it in winter, while transplanting some of the baby plants into pots to overwinter indoors will insure against losses outside. Alternatively, grow it indoors in a large conservatory.

How to grow Furcraea

  • Plant size

    8m height

    2m spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Middle

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Frost hardy
  • Soil type: Acidic / chalky / alkaline / well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do not Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Furcraea and wildlife

Furcraea longaeva has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Furcraea poisonous?

Furcraea longaeva has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

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