Plant ID forum: False agave (Furcraea foetida 'Variegata')

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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Dec 18, 2011 1:39 PM CST
I bought this plant and failed to get a name for it. It's leaves are thick like an agave. I think the name started with "F," if that's any clue. The person who sold it at the plant sale doesn't remember what it is either.


Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Dec 18, 2011 1:55 PM CST
Sandi: It definitely looks like it's in the Bromeliaceae family to me. I'm not sure but your plant looks like possibly a Guzmania or Neoregelia.
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Bubbles
Dec 18, 2011 2:15 PM CST
The span of the plant is about 3 ft across. There's no "cup'' in the center. I'll look at the brom site and see if there are any that start with an "F," Lin. Thanks. I brought it inside because it looked like is wouldn't take the freeze. It was fine in the kitchen until I forgot it and didn't water. It has started to brown and the leaves around the bottom are dying off. It is sending up new leaves at the top, possibly because I remembered to add water.
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Dutchlady1
Dec 18, 2011 2:34 PM CST
Furcraea foetida
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Dec 18, 2011 2:48 PM CST
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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Dec 18, 2011 3:51 PM CST
No wonder it looked like an agave!!!! Thanks Hetty! Well, out it goes to the hoop house. I'm tired of tripping over it.
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plantladylin
Dec 18, 2011 5:02 PM CST
LOL, I thought of Agave but even enlarging the photo I didn't think it was in that family ... my eyes aren't the greatest at comparing photo's and I don't much like thorny plants or those with sharp edges and points so I've never grown an Agave. Thanks to Hetty for identifying that beauty!
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Bubbles
Dec 18, 2011 5:17 PM CST
It doesn't have any sharp points! The leaves are strappy and soft. After Hetty's ID, I Googled it and found that it's a xeriscape plant and can get huge. I'm not going to risk putting outside just yet. My little hoop house off the patio is absolutely full, so it'll have to go into the one along the fence. It's in my breakfast room that connects to the kitchen. It was one of the last plants I grabbed when the first freeze hit. I just thought I'd place it somewhere else after the freeze was over. With the Holidays came shopping, article writing, and other obligations. This thing just kept growing, even though I forgot to water it. Nearly overnight, it took a turn for the worse and starting turning brown.

edited to add: called false agave
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JRsbugs
Dec 18, 2011 6:25 PM CST
This is a vareigated form, one I would love to be able to grow here! SM Growers have Furcraea foetida 'Mediopicta Sport' which looks like yours on other sites.

http://plantlust.com/plants/furcraea-foetida-mediopicta-spor...

http://dangergarden.blogspot.com/2010/07/furcraea-coolest-pl...

The descriptions on SM growers, they say it has a narrower stripe.. flower spike grows to 25 feet tall!

http://www.smgrowers.com/products/plants/plantdisplay.asp?pl...

It sounds more like 'Mediopicta' from the description..

http://www.smgrowers.com/products/plants/plantdisplay.asp?st...
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Dutchlady1
Dec 18, 2011 6:28 PM CST
They are beautiful and easy to care for, and yes, they get huge.
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plantladylin
Dec 19, 2011 7:27 AM CST
Oooh ... no sharp spines or sharp point? That sounds wonderful! I thought all Agaves were spiny, sharp pointy plants ... I love the beautiful flower spikes they shoot up but have always shied away from having an Agave because I thought they were dangerous for me to be around. I might have to reconsider and look for a "False Agave" like yours because it sure is pretty! There's a really huge Agave of some sort growing alongside a road near hear and recently it had a really tall spike but I never remembered to look for the flower ... I will have to make a point to look that way when I'm driving by next time!
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Bubbles
Dec 19, 2011 9:54 AM CST
Mine doesn't ''spiral." I think I'll stick with variegata as the cultivar for the time being. Thanks for all the help IDing it.

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