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Yucca gloriosa (Mound lily, Spanish dagger)

Yucca gloriosa Yucca gloriosa 'Variegata' Photo/Illustration: Jennifer Benner


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Botanical Name: Yucca gloriosa YUK-ah glor-ee-OH-sah Common Name: Mound lily, Spanish dagger Genus: Yucca
This sculptural plant bears sword-like leaves to 24 inches long in shades of blue- or gray-green and maturing to dark green, with smooth margins. In summer, the plant produces 8-foot spikes of nodding, bell-shaped, fragrant white flowers, sometimes tinged purple, to 2 inches long.
Noteworthy characteristics: Occurring naturally in coastal dunes from North Carolina to Florida, this shrub thrives in sandy, well-drained soil and in heat and humidity. Excellent for xeriscaping. Grow as architectural specimens in a border or courtyard, or in containers.
Care: Provide sandy, well-drained soil in full sun.
Propagation: Remove rooted suckers in spring.
Problems: Cane borers, scale insects, and fungal leaf spots.
Height 6 ft. to 10 ft.
Spread 3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Habit Clumps
Growth Pace Slow Grower
Light Full Sun Only
Moisture Dry to Medium
Maintenance Low
Tolerance Drought Tolerant
Characteristics Fragrant Flowers; Native; Showy Flowers; Showy Foliage
Bloom Time Early Summer; Late Summer; Summer
Flower Color White Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Container, Specimen Plant/ Focal Point
Style Desert Garden, Rock Garden, Xeric Bed
Seasonal Interest Summer Interest
Type Shrubs

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