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    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Beschorneria yuccoides

yucca-leaved beschorneria

AGM plants

AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

  • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
  • Available to buy
  • Of good constitution
  • Essentially stable in form & colour
  • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases
yucca-leaved beschorneria

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  • Other common names yucca-leaved beschorneria

  • Family Asparagaceae

  • Genus Beschorneria are large, clump-forming evergreen perennials with strap-shaped, somewhat succulent leaves and nodding tubularflowers in arching racemes with conspicuous red bracts in late spring or early summer

  • Details B. yuccoides is a perennial forming a large clump of slightly fleshy, grey-green, strap-shaped leaves to 20cm in length. Yellow-green tubular flowers with showy red bracts borne in arching racemes to 1.5m in height

  • Plant range Mexico

Characteristics

  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Clump-forming

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)

    H3

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Aspect South-facing or West-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered

Soil

  • Sand

    Sand

  • Loam

    Loam

  • MoistureWell-drained

  • SoilSand, Loam

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height 1-1.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread 1-1.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 5-10 years

How to grow

Cultivation Can be grown outdoors in warmer areas, in a very well-drained humus-rich loam but will require protection from frosts. Under glass grow in full light in standard cactus compost. When in growth water moderately and apply a balanced liquid fertiliser monthly. Water sparingly in winter

Propagation Propagate by seed sown in spring at 21° C. Offsets can be carefully removed and potted up in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types Wall-side Borders Drought Resistant Architectural City & Courtyard Gardens Coastal

How to care

Pruning No pruning required

Pests scale insects may be a problem

Diseases Generally disease free

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