Furcraea Species

Also known as:
Mauritius Hemp, Wild Sisal
Central and South America

General description

Furcraea selloa and F. foetida are robust perennials with sword-shaped pliable leaves. Flowerheads grow to 5 m or 8-10 m respectively. Spreads by bulbils. Plant does not die after flowering unlike century plant.

Coastal areas.

Gravity, soil movement, water.

Naturalising on Kawau and Great Barrier Islands, and in coastal mainland areas e.g. Mahurangi.

Site management

Recommended approaches

1. This species is included because it is one of the species to be researched in the 2007-2012 Auckland Regional Pest Management Strategy.
2. Dig out small plants.
3. Inject stem or leaf with 4-10 jabs of 5mls undiluted glyphosate (depending on size of plant). Leave to rot on site.
4. Slash 4-10 lengthwise cuts (depending on size of plant), apply 5 ml undiluted glyphosate to each cut. Leave to rot on site.
5. If disposal of leaves possible, cut at ground level & stump paint (200ml glyphosate/1L).

Caution: when using any herbicide or pesticide PLEASE READ THE LABEL THOROUGHLY to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

Similar species

century plant
Agave americana

Century plant's leaf margins have more spines. It spreads from seed rather than bulbils. It dies after flowering.

RPMS status

Species to be researched (not a Pest Plant) - Whole Region
Furcraea species - Main species image