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FURCRAEA longaeva

A rare yucca-like plant with pale bluish-green upright sword-like leaves. White flower spikes are produced on mature plants in summer and can reach 10-12 feet in height. Prefers full sun in a well drained location and protection from frost
Further Reading....


  • Evergreen
  • White
  • Height - 2-8m (6½-26ft)
  • Spread - 2m (6½ft)
  • Medium shrub - Typically grow to around 4-6 feet in height
  • Succulent - perennial succulent with emergent stems to 5m (16ft) long bearing rosettes to 3m (10ft) across of stiff, lance-shaped, pointed leaves to 70cm (28in) long with many small marginal teeth. Pyramid-shaped panicles to 5m (16ft) long of drooping branches carry groups of 2-4 flowers 4cm (1½in) long. Numerous bulbils are also produced.
  • Tender - cool or frost free greenhouse - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen. Except in frost-free inner-city areas or coastal extremities requires glasshouse conditions. Plant can withstand temperatures down to 1°C (34°F) - under glass use standard cactus compost in full light with low humidity
  • Full sun - do not allow to get too wet in winter.
  • Additional Features - Good to know - - F. parmentieri. Spectacular when in flower.
  • Pests & Diseases - scale insects, particularly under glass.
  • Place of origin - Mexico
  • Flower Shape - Bell/Lantern - - broadly bell-shaped
  • Panicles
  • Hardiness - Tender (greenhouse & conservatory) -
  • Leaf margin - Denticulate - see photos above
  • Leaf shape - Lanceolate - see photos above
  • Seasonal Interest - Autumn -
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Winter
  • Soil Conditions - Well drained, dry, poor to moderately fertile soil - - plenty of grit for good drainage - desert loving plant.
Furcraea Growing Guide
2-8m (6½-26ft)
Medium Shrub - guide for size not form Average Person
  2m (6½ft)

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