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Furcraea foetida 'Mediopicta'

Family: Agavaceae (ah-gav-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Furcraea (fer-KREE-uh) (Info)
Species: foetida (FET-uh-duh) (Info)
Cultivar: Mediopicta

Synonym:Furcraea gigantea

One vendor has this plant for sale.

9 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer


Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From bulbils

Seed Collecting:
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2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive goodreds On May 28, 2011, goodreds from Portland, OR wrote:

i saw this plant for sale at portland nursery division store. portland or. i bought one last weekend at a one day sale at a tropical wholesale nursery outside of portland...lucky me!

Positive Kell On Jun 6, 2006, Kell from Northern California, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Also known as Striped Furcraea or Variegated Brazilian Aloe. When planted in the ground it can get 8 feet tall and wide. Makes a good container plant.

Neutral leeann6 On Jun 18, 2005, leeann6 from Kermit, TX (Zone 7b) wrote:

This Furcraeas ISNT cold hardy at all, mine died at 10F for 4 days and nights, it couldnt hang.. R.I.P.

Neutral palmbob On Oct 17, 2003, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a relatively common landscape plant in So Cal... as for Furcraeas, I think it's one of the least interesting only in that it doesn't get huge and it's doesn't have any sharp edges... not sure why that makes me find it less interesting, but it does. It has attractive variegation that is unlike most other landscape plants, with a pale yellow and pale forest green. It is also a bit less hardy than the other Furcraeas being more susceptible to snails and cold.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Arroyo Grande, California
Fresno, California
Laguna Niguel, California
Norwalk, California
San Leandro, California
Santa Barbara, California
Thousand Oaks, California
Boca Raton, Florida
Summerland Key, Florida
Pepeekeo, Hawaii
St John, Mississippi
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Harlingen, Texas

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