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Yucca whipplei ssp. intermedia

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Species Name: Yucca whipplei ssp. intermedia
Common Name: Chaparral Yucca, Our Lord's Candle

This Yucca is a subspecies of Our Lord's Candle that is common in the Santa Monica Mountains. A dramatic specimen year-round and spectacular when in bloom. The single flower stalk can rise up to 12 feet!

Plant Family: Agavaceae
Plant Type: Perennial
Height by Width: 4' H x 4' W
Growth Habit: Rosettes of lance-like spiny leaves
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Moderate
Sun Exposure: Sun
Soil Preference: Well-drained
Water Requirements: Dry
Cold Hardy to:
Flower Season: April to June
Flower Color: Cream
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Santa Monica Mountains
Natural Habitat: Coastal sage scrub and chaparral below 2,000'

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  • 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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