Okay, I exaggerate. Then I touched them and realized the leaves were more like an agave. Thick, succulent, nothing like a Hosta. Further on at San Marcos I came across the name again.
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Okay, I exaggerate. Then I touched them and realized the leaves were more like an agave. Thick, succulent, nothing like a Hosta. Further on at San Marcos I came across the name again. Here was Furcraea macdougalii, definitely not Hosta-like center of photo. I was pretty sure I had just made a positive Furcraea I. The price was reasonable, but frankly that was just a happy coincidence. Nothing would have stood between me and the acquisition of my first Furcraea another slight exaggeration.
After that it gets a bit foggy. I named a few plants. And guess who was ordering from San Marcos Growers?
And guess what she ordered? And guess what I now have? The very Furcraea that started the love affair. Deviant Deziner is not only a talented landscape designer but also a very kind lady, you heard it here.
Never heard of that before. Well it turns out that the Tuberose, that amazingly wonderful smelling flower, is a Polianthes. Who knew? Many species are stemless but those that have stems are huge, rising more than 20 ft in the air with spectacular rosettes of leaves held at the very tip.
The greatest concentration occurs in Venezuela and Colombia. Everything I know about the genus Furcraea! I do still love my first Furcraea labeled as Furcraea gigantea variegata as much as the day I saw it. It went through some tough times with our wet cool spring weather, and it lost a few leaves, but seems happy now.
History[ edit ] The pre-Columbian inhabitants extracted and used the fique fibs for several centuries before the arrival of Spanish conquerors to make garments, ropes, hammocks and many other applications. In the 17th century, Dutch colonists carried the plant from their Brazilian colonies in Pernambuco to the island of Mauritius. The fibre was also introduced to St. In the 18th century, in Dagua , Valle del Cauca , Colombia, the priest Feliciano Villalobos started the first rope and wrapping materials manufacturing industry; his products were made of fique.
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JoJozil Between and the fique industry suffered a crisis brought about by the development of polypropylenewhich costs less and is produced faster. The fibre was also introduced to St. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. The fique plant is often confused with the agave plant.