Yucca gloriosa

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Yucca gloriosa: Plant’s description

Yucca gloriosa, commonly known as Spanish dagger or soft-tip Yucca, is a perennial plant belonging to the Asparagaceae family. This small shrub, that grows to 3 m high and 2,5 m wide, is native to arid zones of the southern United States and Mexico, except Yucca elephantipes which is native to Australia. Moreover, this hardy succulent has a rosette of long, pointed, deep green leaves at the terminal end of the stem. During summer, Yucca shoots a tall stalk with clusters of bell-shaped white flowers. Also, these flowers are often very fragrant, last for several weeks and then produce small, hard, brown and edible berries with round juicy seeds. Yucca Gloriosa is a great decorative plant that can be perfect for both indoor and outdoor gardens. 

Be careful! Yucca gloriosa has sharp and very pointed ends. So, you must keep it away from the edge of a patio or a busy passageway. 


Common NameSpanish dagger or soft-tip Yucca
Botanical nameYucca gloriosa
Life CyclePerennial
Basic Colourwhite, green
Height200 -> 300 cm
HabitatSand dunes, borders of beaches of the seacoast
Altitude0 – 1200 m
Bloom TimeJuly – August
Plant TypeSucculents, Shrubs, Ornamental, Outdoor, Indoor, Medicinal, Aromatic
Fruit TypeBerry
different tolerancesHardy
Used PartsFlower, Leaf, Stem, Root, Fruit,
Plant UsesPharmacopeae, Culinary, Edible fruit, Ornamental
Active substancesSaponins
USDA Zone8 (-12) – 11 (+4)
Sun Exposurefull sun, Part shade, shade
Soil pHAlkaline, Neutral, Acidic
Soil MoistureDry, moist
Soil Type Sandy, Stony, Peaty
Propagationby Seeds, by Cuttings, by Division
GerminationTell us
Pests/ DiseasesSpider mites

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