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Beaucarnea 'Yellow Star'

Family: Asparagaceae
Genus: Beaucarnea (bow-KAR-nee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Yellow Star
Additional cultivar information: (PP14650, aka Gold Star)
Hybridized by Janssen; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2003

6 members have or want this plant for trade.

Cactus and Succulents

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade
Full Shade

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:
Blooms all year


Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Provides winter interest
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By scoring the base of the bulb to promote new bulblets
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel
From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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4 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive palmbob On Jan 6, 2007, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Had this plant about a year now, and though was concerned it would fry in our hot, 115F+ sunshine, it has performed perfectly, and seems to be growing exactly as a non-variegated form would- very pleased!! Has nearly doubled in size since I got my rooted cutting, and plant is now about 2' tall overall. I can hardly wait until it's large enough I can take cuttings of it myself. Got it at a local cactus nursery when they had a bunch of them, but haven't seen them for sale since (lucky timing).
Froze in Los Angeles this year (2007), and though this was one of my smaller Beaucarneas, it wasn't my smallest... but it was the only one that got killed completely (AUGH!!)... so maybe this color variation is a bit less cold tolerant than the normal variety. Protect your plant from freezes!

Positive pollencounter On Sep 2, 2006, pollencounter from San Diego, CA wrote:

I grow this in pots outdoors. We get only occassional light frosts in my subclimate. It takes very little water yet is very lush and doesn't look at all like a desert plant. It is such a handsome plant that several friends have have gotten their own! I prefer them on the smaller side, 2 to 3 feet, though I have a friend with one in the ground that is quite large, 4 1/2 feet, but it is not as handsome. Perhaps it is a different cultivar - it has a very long stem before the "ponytail" begins. Mine is more attractive with a shorter/stubbier stem. I prefer the small plants with one stem and one "onion like" base.

I also saw several of these plants at hotels in Maui, summer '06.

Positive knolan On May 29, 2006, knolan from Sugar Land, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I received a "bulbette" form a larger plant about a year ago. I planted it in a pot indoors and it did rather well but when I moved it outside to full sun it really started to grow. It has quadrupled in size in one year. Low water requirements and seems to withstand the hot Texas sun.

Positive thistlesifter On Feb 3, 2006, thistlesifter from Vista, CA wrote:

This is a U. S. patented plant. The European patent holder reproduces it by tissue culture techniques. The plant holds true to the normal growth (all green form) habit of Beaucarnea.

All that have been seen to date are images of one another and appear to be from one clone. If the former is true, reproduction from seed, if possible, may only come by way of hybridization with normal growth Beaucarnea specimen.

It is promises to have a bright future and will likely become a featured plant for xeriphytic landscape gardeners for years to come.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Reseda, California
Vista, California
Loxahatchee, Florida
Richmond, Texas
Sugar Land, Texas

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