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Herbaceous Perennial

Beschorneria yuccoides
  • RHS AGM

yucca-leaved beschorneria

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

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Size
Ultimate height
1–1.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
1–1.5 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green Grey Silver
Summer Green Red Yellow Green Grey Silver
Autumn Green Grey Silver
Winter Green Grey Silver
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

West–facing or South–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Drought resistance
Yes
Hardiness
H3
Botanical details
Family
Asparagaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Clump forming
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

Name status

Correct

Plant range
Mexico

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
  • Architectural
  • Coastal
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Wall side borders
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

scale insects may be a problem

Diseases

Generally disease free

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