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Yucca whipplei ssp. whipplei

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Species Name: Yucca whipplei ssp. whipplei
Common Name: Southern Yucca

Good accent plant in dry garden. Good barrier plant--watch those spines!

Plant Family: Agavaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 4' H x 4' W
Growth Habit: Rosettes of lance-like, spiky leaves
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Moderate
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant
Cold Hardy to:
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Cream
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution:
Natural Habitat:

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History
  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "Long narrow sharp-pointed glaucous leaves forming a thick mass at the ground. After a number of years, from this thick mass of leaves, there rises a stalk to a height of 8 to 15 feet covered with large, creamy white pendulous flowers. Some of these plants bear as many as six thousand blossoms. Especially desirable for planting on dry hillsides. Gallon cans, 50c."
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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.
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