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Soapweed

Yucca glauca

YUK-ah GLOK-ah

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 CharacteristicsEvergreen, spiky foliage; fragrant flowers on a tall stalk. 

CareProvide full sun and well-drained, sandy loam. Remove dead leaves in early spring (wear long sleeves and gloves for protection).

  • Genus : Yucca
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Tolerance : Deer Tolerant, Drought Tolerant
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Characteristics : Fragrant Flowers, Self Seeds, Showy Foliage
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Flower Color : Green, White
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Plant Type : Shrubs
  • Bloom Time : Summer
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest

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