William, I have them in my front yard bordering the street and they are unstoppable, even with sheer neglect and drought-- I shudder to think what would happen if I fertilized them!
I have to go through with the machete and chop them a few times a year or they would probably take over the whole block. there is a house up the road that's been for sale for a while, it has taken over their entire front yard.
For the person who can't access FB, was there anything interesting in the video above?
Well the processing seed very strait forward.
The woman pulverized the leaf between two rocks, one as an anvil the other as hammer.
She then used a butter knife and scraped away the non-fibrous portion.
Not in the video, the plant will rot to death when kept wet, and the fibers were used for bowstring.
Seems like a potent fiber crop.
We keep them as houseplants here in Ohio.
They ate notorious for being able to survive on low light and neglect.