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Mexican Lily, Mexican False Red Yucca, Amole, Sisi
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




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


Unknown - Tell us

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


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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Gardeners' Notes:


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 mo... read more


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.


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.


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.