Plant of the Month - June 2020

Beschorneria yuccoides

Beschorneria yuccoides - K_Keeton
Beschorneria yuccoides
Osborn's Field
©K. Keeton

Following on from the flowering of the exotic Spear Lily in the Pavilions last month, another unusual plant in Osborn's Field (Area J) has come into flower.

The Beschorneria yuccoides was planted in 2002 as part of the Gardens' Restoration. Originating from Mexico, one would hardly expect this plant to survive some very harsh winters, but it was perfectly sited against the wall in one of the sunniest, sheltered spots of the Garden, just up from new South African bed which includes some rare and unusual flowering plants.

The Beschorneria is an evergreen perennial, with strap-shaped grey-green fleshy leaves arranged in rosettes. In Spring it sends up an arching, very fleshy, pinkish flowering stem with pendent, apple-green flowers and bright pink bracts.The plant was first discovered in the early part of the 19th century, and named after a German amateur botanist called Friedrich Beschorner.

Maybe the flowering of this unusual plant could become a regular event in the Garden!

Beschorneria yuccoides - K_Keeton
Beschorneria yuccoides
Osborn's Field
©K. Keeton

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