This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
I see in your last number of Gardener's Monthly a query about Beaucarnea. You will find all about them in Trimen's Journal of Botany Vol. X, pp. 296 and 323; in my Libiaceae, 218 and 246, and in Botany of California, - Vol. II, pp, 162. I have recognized the identity of the genus with Nolina of Michaux.
It is not Amaryllidaceous at all, as you state, but with Dasylirion forms a peculiar Liliaceous tribe confined to Mexico and our southern and south-western territory.
The species mentioned by S. W. M., are probably garden forms of B. recurvata of Lomaire.