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Yucca schidigera

Evergreen, Shrubs, Flowers


Yuccas grow over much of North America. All have tough, sword-shaped leaves and large clusters of typically white or whitish, rounded to bell-shaped flowers. Some are stemless clumps; others have trunks and reach tree size. Group yuccas with cacti or with agaves or other succulents; or grow them with softer-leafed tropical foliage plants. Taller kinds have striking silhouettes, and even stemless species provide important vertical accents when in bloom. Keep those with stiff, sharp-pointed leaves away from walks, terraces, and other well-traveled areas. (Some people clip off the sharp tips with nail clippers.)

Best in well-drained soil. Most need only occasional deep soakings.

Yucca schidigera

From the deserts of California, Nevada, Arizona, and Baja California. Short-stemmed plant to 3–12 ft. tall and 3 ft. wide (or wider if the stem branches). Tough, sharp-tipped, medium green leaves to 2–3 ft. long and 1–2 1/2 in. wide. Purple-tinted white flowers about 1 3/4 in. wide, in 2-ft. clusters. Spring bloom.

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