Beschorneria septentrionalis García-Mend.

Red False Agave, Mexican Lily

Flower spikes

Flower spikes


Family: Asparagaceae

Genus: Beschorneria

Category: Perennial

Zones: 7b to 10, hardy to -4F

Size: 20" tall, 5' with flower, 3' wide

Growth Rate: Moderate

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Tropical in nature but hardy. Flowers in March to April on tall spikes, tubular dark red to purple flowers with greenish tips. The leaves are evergreen. The parent plant dies on flowering and the pups which grow at the base will flower again in 2 years or so. Needs some shade in very hot climates.


Native to Mexico (Tamaulipas mountains).

Published in Cact. Suc. Mex. 33: 1: 3 in 1988.

Introduced in 1991 from seed collected by John Fairey from North Eastern Mexico and shared with J. C. Raulston and Yucca Do Nursery. Two plants from a trip earlier in the year were planted at Peckerwood Garden and the Botanical Garden at Berkley.

My Experience: 

I first saw this plant at Callaway Gardens and immediately added it to my "Get" list. I purchased a 1-gallon plant from Nurseries Caroliniana in May 2011 and planted it by the pool. It did not come back after the cold winter in 2014 so I dug it up and potted it up since the roots seemed okay.

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