Furcraea foetida 'Mediopicta'

Furcraea foetida mediopicta

If you live in a place where the rains are not very abundant, you can take advantage of it to have a spectacular rockery, for example by planting, of course among other plants, a Furcraea foetida 'Mediopicta'. This is a shrub with leaves similar in appearance to that of agaves, but unlike the latter, our protagonist always develops a trunk.

But its care is the same, which means that it is a very resistant plant to drought that looks beautiful with a minimum of attention. Discover it.

Origin and characteristics

Furcraea foetida mediopicta

The plant that I am going to tell you about next is an evergreen shrub native to the Caribbean and northern South America whose scientific name is Furcraea foetida 'mediopicta'. Grows to a height of 120-150 centimeters, with a crown of leaves 120-180cm wide. These leaves are sword-shaped, with slightly wavy margins, green and yellow. The flowers are grouped in creamy-white spikes up to 6 meters high.

It is monocarpic, which means that after flowering it dies. But before doing so, leave many seedlings along the spike that can be planted in pots or in other places in the garden.

What are their cares?

Furcraea foetida mediopicta

If you want to have a copy, we recommend that you provide it with the following care:

  • Location: you have to put your Furcraea foetida 'mediopicta' outside, in full sun.
  • Earth:
    • Flowerpot. universal culture substrate mixed with 30% perlite.
    • Garden: grows in all types of soils that have good drainage.
  • Irrigation: it has to be watered about 2 times a week in summer and a little less the rest of the year.
  • Subscriber: from early spring to late summer with a fertilizer for cacti and other succulents following the instructions specified on the package.
  • Multiplication: by seeds and seedling separation.
  • Rusticity: withstands light frosts down to -2ºC.

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