BESCHORNERIA RIGIDA

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BESCHORNERIA RIGIDA

$7.14 / packet

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Description

This rare dwarf species stands out as a plant worthy of a prominent spot in any garden with its impressive stature and mid-green, sword-shaped leaves, one inch wide by two feet long. It is the most floriferous member of the genus, the inflorescence being truly spectacular, with arching flower stalks ranging from three to five feet tall, and with both the stalks and flower stems magenta. The two-inch-long, pendent, tubular flowers bear magenta sepals and chartreuse green petals. The flowers generally open in late spring to early summer and can last for several weeks, the dramatic seed pods being a bonus, also being being magenta, streaked with chartreuse or cream. They persist on the flower stalks for several months into late autumn, eventually opening to reveal black shiny seeds. Beschornerias are not monocarpic, (which means dying after flowering) as the same rosette will bloom year after year, and more rosettes develop around the mother plant. Each of the ten Beschorneria species originate in Mexico, this one being naturally found in the understory of highland oak and pine forests from 6,000 to 8,000 feet elevation in the states of Guanajuato, San Luis Potosi, and Tamaulipas in central Mexico, where they attract, and are pollinated by, hummingbirds. Few fertile seeds collected.

Sowing Advice

For best results, sow seeds as soon as you receive them onto a good soil-based compost. Cover the seeds with fine grit or compost to approximately their own depth. These seeds can be very slow indeed to germinate, and may wait for spring before emerging whenever sown. Do not use artificial heat to try to germinate them as it will simply disrupt their germination mechanism. Please be very patient, and do not discard the seed pan.

Key Facts

Family:Asparagaceae

Classification:Hardy perennial

Height:1.2-1.5m

Packet Content:4 large (Approx)

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