Soapweed

Yucca glauca

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
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Soapweed (Yucca glauca)
YUK-ah GLOK-ah
Genus:  Yucca
This clumping evergreen shrub with narrow leaves produces a startling, 3- to 4-foot-tall flower stalk. The fragrant flowers are pale green or greenish white. It is a tenacious weed in areas of the American West, but adds a touch of the desert to gardens. Soap can be made from its roots and the foliage is used in basket-making.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Evergreen, spiky foliage; fragrant flowers on a tall stalk. 
Care:  Provide full sun and well-drained, sandy loam. Remove dead leaves in early spring (wear long sleeves and gloves for protection).

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Fragrant Flowers,
Native,
Self Seeds,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Summer
Flower Color
Greenery,
White
Foliage Color
Evergreen
Uses
Beds and Borders
Style
Desert Garden,
Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Tolerance
Deer Tolerant,
Drought Tolerant
Type
Shrubs

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