Beschorneria yuccoides (Beschorneria)
Beschorneria yuccoides Description
This impressive foilage plant forms large rosettes of distinctive silver green evergreen foliage. These are complimented by large spikes of red green racemes of blossom which appear in spring and mature in mid summer.
Beschorneria yuccoides - Cultivation Notes
Beschorneria is related to Agave and originates from semi arid locations so is not totally hardy in the UK. Requiring planting in a sunny sheltered location on well yet fertile gritty or sandy soils this plant will not tolerate soils that are wet during the winter months. Plant at the back of Rockery as a large specimen, but beware of scale issues! Also consider planting in pots for winter protection.
Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage
Strengths of Beschorneria yuccoides:
Weaknesses of Beschorneria yuccoides
- Sun loving drought tolerant plant
- Ornamental winter bark / tracery
- Spiney growth can deter unwanted visitors!
- Provides valuable winter interest
- Evergreen foliage for all year round colour and screening
- Suitable for container growing
- Architectural plant – ideal as a ‘stand out’ plant
- Suitable for exposed coastal planting
- Attractive form or foliage for all year interest
- Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils
Design & Plant Use for Beschorneria yuccoides:
- Invasive top growth
- Spiney plant - can scratch young children and gardeners!
- Summer flowering herbaceous plant suitable for border planting
- Evergreen plant with attractive foliage for winter interest
- Outstanding large evergreen foliage
- Architectural plant with dramatic foliage suitable for hot dry spot