When young, F. parmentieri forms a rosette of stiff, blue-grey leaves, which mature into a tall trunk felted with the remains of old leaves. After growing for a few decades, a flower spike of epic proportions arises from a yucca-like trunk. The flower spike is some 4M tall!
You may only get to see this sight once very few decades, so the plant in the front garden next to Mitre 10 in Motueka, on Tudor Street, is really worth a special visit. There is also on flowering beside the coastal highway. Indeed, if you are of a certain age to be able to really appreciate plants, then another one may not flower in Motueka in your lifetime.
Click here to go to the Furcraea parmentieri page in Karin’s Garden.