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Products > Beschorneria septentrionalis
Beschorneria septentrionalis - False Agave

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (now Asparagaceae)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Red
Bloomtime: Summer
Height: 3-5 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Cool Sun/Light Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 10-15° F
Beschorneria septentrionalis (False Agave) - A succulent with 2 foot tall by 2 to 3 feet wide rosettes of many glossy gray-green 4 inch wide lanceolate 3 foot long leaves that arch over gracefully. In spring appear the spear-like flower spikes that eventually branches and rises to 4 to 5 feet tall, flushes a deep reddish pink and holds many dangling long bell-shaped flowers of the same color with green petal tips. The stems fade to green in later summer while holding onto red tinged seed pods. Plant in full coastal sun to bright shade in a well-drained soil and irrigate occasionally in summer (more regularly in full sun). Cold hardy to at least 10°F and useful in USDA Zones 7 (with some protection) and above. This plant is a unique addition to the meadow or succulent garden and its flowers are attractive to hummingbirds. Beschorneria septentrionalis is native to northeastern Mexican states of Tamaulipas and Nuevo León where it grows in mountainous dry woodlands. The genus was named in honor of Friedrich Wilhelm Christian Beschorner (1806-73), a German amateur botanist. The specific epithet is Latin meaning "of the north" in reference to this plants origins further to the north than other species. Our plants from seed collected in 2019 from a cultivated plant growing at the Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek, California.  The information displayed on this page is based on research conducted about this plant in our library and from reliable online sources. We also consider observations that we have made of it growing in the nursery's garden and in other gardens, as well how it has performed in our crops out in the nursery field. We will incorporate comments that we receive from others as well, and welcome hear from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if they have knowledge of cultural information we do not mention that would aid others in growing Beschorneria septentrionalis.