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Beschorneria yuccoides

Family: Agavaceae (ah-gav-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Beschorneria (bes-kor-NER-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: yuccoides (yuk-KOY-deez) (Info)

Synonym:Beschorneria superba
Synonym:Beschorneria yuccoides subsp. yuccoides

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6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive peejay12 On Nov 4, 2010, peejay12 from Porthleven, Helston, Cornwall
United Kingdom (Zone 9b) wrote:

This plant is hardy in my garden in south Cornwall (Z9b) in a fairly exposed position, but temperatures below -3C are fairly rare and my garden gets about 15 air-frosts per year.
In the winter of 2008/9 it survived a freak frost of -8C with little damage exept to the outer leaves. As with most of the Agavaceae this had the benefit of making it produce dozens of offsets! It is growing in ordinary clay/loam with little added drainage. Given extreme drainage and a little shelter, it would probably be hardy to -10C.

This plant needs some some attention to keep it looking its best. In wet cimates snails will ruin its appearance - even one snail hole wrecks the immaculate silvery leaves, so give it slug pellets (Aluminium sulphate or Ferric phosphate are best) every month or so. Clear away dead and damaged leaves and general debris. Using a high Potassium feed may improve its hardiness. Removing some of the dozens of offsets may prevent the plant from getting too congested, besides giving you lots of new plants - but I have yet to try this.

Plants usually have at least six or seven large rosettes of leaves, and dozens of offsets, and only one or two of these usually flower - and later die, so the plant always looks good throughout the year.
I grow it solely as a foliage plant, which is fortunate as it has only produced one flower-spike per year so far! It looks good contrasted with the taller species of Agavaceae with narrower greener, leaves - such as Cordyline australis and Yucca aloifolia, as well as palms and agaves.

A cultivar 'Quicksilver is available, but may not be as hardy.

If you can afford it, try to buy large plants with several offsets as it is rather slow growing. In the UK a large plant would cost 40 - 50. It can be distinguished from Furcraea longaeva (which has almost identical foliage) by the smoothness of the leaf texture. The Furcrae leaves are very rough to the touch, plus of course furcraeas do not form clumps.

Neutral saltcedar On Apr 26, 2008, saltcedar from Austin, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

While the plant is more hardy than the notes indicate IE zones 8 thru 11, it will not grow in South Lyon, Michigan. I wish more folks would pay attention to the fact that when you say it grows in your "Region" that means it grows in the ground outdoors, not in a flower pot on your porch during Summer. It may die after flowering or produce offsets or seedlings.

Positive Jay9 On Nov 15, 2006, Jay9 from Jersey
United Kingdom (Zone 9a) wrote:

It is monocarpic (flowers once then dies) but usually has lots of offsets by then that take over.

Positive KMAC On Oct 10, 2003, KMAC from Co. Cork
Ireland (Zone 9a) wrote:

Needs a lot of space when flowering, the flower panicles are over eight feet long and lean out from the plant in every direction.


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

Fresno, California
San Francisco, California
San Leandro, California
Spring Valley, California
New Orleans, Louisiana
South Lyon, Michigan
Austin, Texas

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