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Beschorneria septentrionalis /False Red Agave

Beschorneria septentrionalis  / Beschorneria septentrionalis
Striking red stems on this yucca-like plant
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Striking red stems on this yucca-like plant

Plants growing in containers at a nursery in spring

Specimen plant

Specimen plant in the Houston Botanical Garden

Dramatic display of a floral stalk towering above the rosette of foliage

Close-up image of floral stalk and rosette of foliage

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Scientific Name: Beschorneria septentrionalis
Common Name: False Red Agave
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 8, 9, 10 Determine Your Zone
Height: 5-8 feet
Spread: 2 -3 feet
Bloom time: Spring, Summer
Fruit color: Red
Light Exposure: Part Sun, Filtered Shade, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
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Comments: This is a relatively new plant introduction into the trade from Mexico. It is a relative of the century plant and produces a rosette of yucca-like foliage from which arises a striking red floral stalk with red bell-like flowers with green tips in spring. The red floral stalk and seed pods remain for a long time after flowering It makes a strong presence in the landscape because of its striking flowers and interesting rosette of foliage that do not contain thorns. In hot climates provide some protection from afternoon direct sun.