More Information About Beschorneria
While the most common species Beschorneria yuccoides, used in mild U.K. gardens, has not proven winter-hardy for us in the southeast US, many of the new exotic plant species coming from higher elevations in Mexico have been fantastic in our trials. Beschorneria are mostly evergreen, but some do become deciduous when our winter temperatures drop into the single digits.
Beschorneria Growing Conditions
Beschorneria are drought-tolerant, light shade/part-sun loving, soft-leaved, agave relatives that are not only easy-to-grow, but produce some of the most unique flower spikes on any plants that we have grown...very Christmas-tree-like. In addition to gardeners, hummingbirds enjoy the 5' tall red flower spikes. Unlike its agave cousins, beschorneria plants do not die after flowering. Once established, it produces offsets that will slowly spread into a nice colony. For those of you who are tired of getting poked every time you tend to your agaves, try beschorneria instead. It is also less prone to rot in the winter than agave, although it still requires a well-drained soil.