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Tracy

A couple of years ago, I was at Quail Botanical Garden (now San Diego Botanical) for a sale, and bought some Adenium, and the vendor gave me a couple of small seeds.  I think he said they were Furcraea.  Somehow the seeds ended up getting lost, and I think one ended up in my garden.  I think this "volunteer" is in fact from one of the two seedlings.  I often put volunteers in my garden in pots to see what they grow into and make a decision later on whether to put in the recycle bin, give away or keep.

That said, anyone recognize this plant and am I correct that is some species of Furcraea?  I appreciate any feedback and if you can identify, any growth characteristics (overall size, blooms, monocarpic).

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XYZ

Hi, Tracy.

There are indeed furcraeas that look like that. So do young Beschorneria yuccoides. The arborescent furcraeas that mimic yuccas, like Furcraea quicheensis, etc. have very fine sandpaper-like leaf surfaces.

Time will tell, but if the seller actually flowered the plant, he'd know. Either way, plants will take up space.

J

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TexasColdHardyPalms

 Probably not much help but a pic of Beschorneria yuccoids for comparision.

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Jdiaz31089

I don't think it's beschorneria. I have yuccoides and albiflora and the leaves are not as glossy as your plant's leaves there, nor do they have the undulation along the edges. Beschorneria leaves are flexible and soft - like Joseph's photo shows there. Your plant does have the form of my furcraea foetida - minus the variegation. 

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Tracy
On 10/10/2017, 9:53:37, Jdiaz31089 said:

Your plant does have the form of my furcraea foetida - minus the variegation. 

When you get a chance, take a picture of your F foetida and post it.  I appreciate Joseph's post of his Beschorneria yuccoides, as I can now see the floppiness of the leaves, which as you point out, mine does not have.

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Tracy
On 10/10/2017, 9:53:37, Jdiaz31089 said:

Your plant does have the form of my furcraea foetida - minus the variegation. 

When you get a chance, take a picture of your F foetida and post it.  I appreciate Joseph's post of his Beschorneria yuccoides, as I can now see the floppiness of the leaves, which as you point out, mine does not have.

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Jdiaz31089
12 hours ago, Tracy said:

When you get a chance, take a picture of your F foetida and post it.  I appreciate Joseph's post of his Beschorneria yuccoides, as I can now see the floppiness of the leaves, which as you point out, mine does not have.

I'll get a picture of it today

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Jdiaz31089
On 10/11/2017, 7:08:44, Tracy said:

When you get a chance, take a picture of your F foetida and post it.  I appreciate Joseph's post of his Beschorneria yuccoides, as I can now see the floppiness of the leaves, which as you point out, mine does not have.

This is my furcraea

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Hillizard
1 hour ago, Jdiaz31089 said:

This is my furcraea

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What a beauty! I've been tempted to get one but I doubt if they could take full summer sun and cold winters here in Sacramento! I'm sticking with Beschorneria yuccoides 'Flamingo Glow’ for now, since it's so hardy and has a similar habit and look to it. 

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Tracy
5 hours ago, Jdiaz31089 said:

This is my furcraea

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Very nice!  Yes, yours and mine seem to have the same leaf structure, and where mine has some variation in the green tones, yours is fully variegated.

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Jdiaz31089
On 10/14/2017, 11:23:10, Hillizard said:

What a beauty! I've been tempted to get one but I doubt if they could take full summer sun and cold winters here in Sacramento! I'm sticking with Beschorneria yuccoides 'Flamingo Glow’ for now, since it's so hardy and has a similar habit and look to it. 

Isn't it? the variegation makes it really stand out. I think they handle sun pretty well. Heavy frost can damage them though, so some canopy helps out with that. I tried Flamingo glow and it didn't make it in full sun, unfortunately. It burned and was reduced to a single cluster of center leaves, then continued to decline and died. 

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fastfeat

Looks like green F. foetida to me. Some get teeth on margins as older plants; some don't.

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Tracy

An updated photo of the plant which I still haven't labeled in my photos of it.  At some point I should put it in the ground somewhere but don't really have a space for it right now.

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