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Beschorneria albiflora - Trunking Beschorneria

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (now Asparagaceae)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Pinkish White
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Synonyms: [B. chiapensis]
Height: 2-6 feet
Width: 3-4 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20° F
Beschorneria albiflora (Trunking Beschorneria) - This Agave relative forms dense wide rosettes of 2-3 foot long by 3 inch wide medium green leaves that are held somewhat stiffly from the base but are soft textured to the touch and lax towards the tips. The rosettes are atop trunk-like stalks that can eventually reach 6 feet tall or more. From the center of the rosette emerges the 4-5 foot long upright arching inflorescence with a bright red stem and side branches that bear pendulous cream to chartreuse colored tubular flowers that are flushed with pink. A beautiful picture of this flower, taken by Brian Kemble of the Ruth Bancroft Garden, graces the cover of the May-June 2005 issue of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America's bimonthly publication the “Cactus and Succulent Journal”. In the accompanying text for this image it is noted that the specific epithet 'albiflora' might be a bit of a stretch as the tepals are only briefly white as the buds begin to open and then quickly flush pink, then red. Plant in full sun to light shade - plants grown in full sun will require regular summer watering while shaded plants require less irrigation. Hardy to 15-20° F. Flowers are attractive to hummingbirds. Beschorneria albiflora is the southernmost occurring species in the genus and was described from plants collected at Cerro Azul in Oaxaca, Mexico. It is also found in Chiapas, Guatamala and Honduras and is the only Beschorneria that forms an above-ground stem. It was introduced into cultivation by Dr. Dennis Breedlove, Curator Emeritus of the California Academy of Sciences and has been grown in the Berkeley Botanic Garden and Strybing Arboretum for many years. It has withstood temperatures down to 16° F undamaged in the December 1990 hard freeze. The name Beschorneria honors Friedrich Wilhelm Christian Beschorner (1806-1873), a German botanist. Our plants from Martin Grantham's seed (Plantsman's Pocket) sold to us by Seedhunt.  The information on this page is based on our research conducted in our nursery library, from online sources, as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery containers, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens where we have observed it. We will also incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing  Beschorneria albiflora.