Beschoneria yuccoides

 

Terrace

This clump forming, rosetted, perrenial succulent hails from Mexico and is sure to stop you in your tracks when you encounter it on the terrace. Lance shaped grey-green leaves, becoming glaucous with age, are surmounted in summer with sci-fi looking (think Little Shop of Horrors!) panicles, up to 3m long, of vivid red bracts and yellow-tinted, bright green flowers with spreading lobes, which arch outwards – truly spectacular! Given the right position with nearby heat and good drainage, it will get through a hard winter (as our specimen proves) but younger plants may need a little protection until established.