Mauritius Hemp Furcraea foetida
This evergreen perennial herb is part of the Agavaceae family and has its origins in South America. The Mauritius Hemp has a short stem up to 1m tall and leaves that are sword-shaped and which can reach between 1-1.8m long and 10-15cm broad at the widest point. The leaf narrows to a sharp spine tip at the apex and the margins are entire, or with a few hooked spines. The flowers are greenish-white, are strongly scented and are visible all year round. This plant forms dense, impenetrable stands which are effective at excluding native vegetation. It spreads by seed and by its stem suckers.