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Yucca baccata

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Species Name: Yucca baccata
Common Name: Banana yucca, Datil, or Blue Yucca

Interesting yucca with edible, banana shaped fruits. Likes well-draining soils. It is the larval food plant for the Yucca Giant-Skipper butterfly.

Plant Family: Agavaceae
Plant Type: Perennial
Height by Width: 4'-6' H x 10' W
Growth Habit: U-shaped leaves, upright grower
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Slow to establish, then fast
Sun Exposure: Full to part sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining, rocky
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant
Cold Hardy to: 0 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: White
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: Eastern Desert Mountains (Clark, New York, Providence Mountains)
Natural Habitat: Dry Joshua Tree Woodland from 2,400' to 3,900'.

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History
  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "Forms a short trunk with leaves almost to the ground, bluish green; flowers white. A very striking plant. Gallon cans, 60c."
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References
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.
  • Harlow, Nora and Kristin Jakob. Wild Lilies, Irises, and Grasses: Gardening with California Monocots. Berkely and Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press. 2003.
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