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Beschorneria yuccoides

Mexican Lily

This plant from the Agave family is found in high altitude pine-oak forests in central and eastern Mexico to 3500 m (11500 ft.). It grows a large, suckering rosette of soft, arching, keeled, blue-green leaves to 10 cm (4 in.) wide. The reddish inflorescence has a lily-like appearance. B. yuccoides can be grown in a wide variety of climates though it does not like the tropics. It is quite cold hardy and can take severe freezes without damage.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Seed surface sown in mix of 1 part peat, 1 part cocofiber, 2 parts perlite and 1 part sand. Lightly covered with mix (2-3mm) then topped with pumice layer. Placed in unheated greenhouse 60F-80F without humidity dome. Good germination occurred within 2 weeks.
Submitted on 19/09/113 by maggie

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Plants from this species ...

... are of high ornamental value
In ballarat in australia they need very little care and grow normal.
I have had this plant in for about 4 years. This is its first year of flowering. The magnificent stalk is almost 10ft long and its growing more each day. We live in Ballarat,Victoria,Australia where this year has been a cold winter although we have been in a drought over the past 4 years. I have not tried planting this from seed as it is its first year of flowering but I have successfully replanted its pups that grew throughout summer last year,without watering as we were on strict water restrictions due to the drought. This plant is hardy for the dry areas and survived a wet and cold winter this year. I have it planted in almost clay with no fertilising and mulched in redgum bark chips and although takes up a lot of space is a pleasure to see in our cottage garden. Itis planted in amongst roses and shrubs and and gets the morning and early afternoon sun, sheltered with filtered sun for the mid afternoon heat.
Submitted on 17/10/2009 by one of our visitors

... are of high ornamental value
In Birmingham U.S.D.A. zone 8 in England they need little care and grow normal.
I bought my B.Yuccoides some 5 yrs. ago, for the simple reason that it was different to anything I'd seen before. The first thing I did, was to repot it into a straight half and half mix of soil based compost and gravel. For three years I grew it in the pot in full sun, giving it an occasional watering and feed with a general purpose fertilizer. The plant itself looked stunning the larger it grew, with a beautiful bloom on the leaves, it looks every inch a plant for the Mediterranean garden. A couple of years ago I planted it out in a west facing position (Full sun from midday on) in very well drained soil. In 2005 it flowered, putting up a huge 7 ft. tall flower spike. Sadly, the flowers failed to open fully and in fact they began to drop off. A great dissapointment. The plant has produced several suckers and I'm hoping to propagate and grow some on. B.Yuccoids is a great plant for the dry (xeric) garden, easy to grow and look after and not troubled by any pests. Pity about the flowering though and it can look a bit tatty after flowering.
Submitted on 27/06/2006 by Mike Westwood bhutia2006@hotmail.co.uk

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If you wish to read more on palm cultivation, we highly recommend Ornamental Palm Horticulture by Timothy K. Broschat and Alan W. Meerow, available in our bookshop.

Ratings and comments reflect individual experiences and the views of our visitors. They do not necessarily describe the most appropriate methods, nor are they necessarily valid for all seeds or plants of this species. Germination and plant cultivation success depends on many different factors; nevertheless, these experiences will hopefully aid you in your effort to get the best germination results from our seeds and the best growth results from your plants.

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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms
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