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Species Name: Yucca brevifolia
Common Name: Joshua Tree
- A unique plant and California desert icon. Sharp dagger leaves and large clusters of yucca blooms Grows with Saguaro, Palo Verde and Creosote bush. It is the larval food plant for the Yucca Giant-Skipper butterfly.
- Plant Family: Agavaceae
- Plant Type: Perennial
- Height by Width: 30' H x 10' W
- Growth Habit: Upright, branching
- Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
- Growth Rate: Slow
- Sun Exposure: Full sun
- Soil Preference: Well-draining
- Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant
- Cold Hardy to: 2,000-6,600'
- Flower Season: Spring
- Flower Color: Creamy white
- Endangered?: Not Listed
- Distribution: Mojave Desert to W Arizona and SW Utah
- Natural Habitat: Desert flats, slopes
- Care and Maintenance
- Other Names
- 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.