Furcraea Species, Variegated Sword Lily, Variegated Wild Sisal

Furcraea selloa var. marginata

Family: Asparagaceae
Genus: Furcraea (fer-KREE-uh) (Info)
Species: selloa var. marginata

Category:

Cactus and Succulents

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Good Fall Color

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Spacing:

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

Hardiness:

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)

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual

Danger:

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:

Pale Green

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

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Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

From bulbils

This plant is monocarpic

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Grenoble, Rhône-Alpes

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Oct 5, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

probably the most common Furcraea in cultivation around the world, but possibly surpassed by F foetida mediopicta in the US... makes a striking landscape statement- huge agave-looking plant, sometimes with a trunk up to 5' tall, usually solitary, sometimes with offsets, long (up to 5-6'), varigated leaves lined with sharp, hooked teeth, ending in a terminal spine (sharp but not very strong). Can handle moist climates as well as desert climates. Not too frost tolerant, but mine has never had a problem even with temps down into the mid 20s overnight. Not a good plant for walkways as it will grab you with its hooks. Fast grower. Flowers up to 9' tall and then covered with bulbils (and then whole thing dies).

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