Yucca rostrata

Beaked Yucca, Big Bend Yucca

A popular compact and drought-tolerant architectural plant, Yucca rostrata boasts an iconic dense crown of silvery blue thin lance-like foliage, perfect for a container or arid display in a sunny spot of the garden.

Also known as Yucca linearis, it can be distinguished from other similar Yuccas by the characteristic yellow edges of the long, narrow leaves which form the pin-cushion rosette.

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Origin: Texas USA to Mexico
Genus: Yucca
Species / Cultivar: rostrata
Common Name: Beaked Yucca, Big Bend Yucca
Synonym: Yucca linearis

Plant Biography

Native to dry, arid lands in the USA and Mexico, the purpose of Yucca rostrata’s stunning glaucous blue colour is an adaption needed to reflect some of the extremely bright light and heat in its native desert home.

For thousands of years these plants have been used by Native American people, who refer to them as ‘palmita’ and ‘soyate’, as a source of both food and fibres.

More recently, the Beaked Yucca has grown greatly in ornamental popularity as when planted they make for a great accent in gardens with succulent or mixed arid planting. Kept in a container they can add shimmering blue interest to an intensely sunny spot in any garden with very little maintenance.

Yucca rostrata
Soil: Well drained
Soil that does not show much signs of moisture, either visibly or when handled.
Growth Rate: Slow
This plant is particularly slow to grow, even during growing season.
Water Requirement: Low
Will grow in a drier position and is unlikely to need regular watering once established.
Maintenance: Low
Minimal skill or input needed beyond the basics, a very independent plant.
Situation: Full Sun
Wants direct, unfiltered sunlight most of the day, such as a south facing position.
Eventual Height: 2.5m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 1m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Hardy
Survives unprotected in an average winter. May need protection in extreme long frosts.
Habit: Evergreen
Always in leaf throughout the year. It won't lose all its leaves at any one time.

Expert Tip

Yucca rostrata is slow growing, making it ideal for long term container cultivation.

Care & Size Guidance

Once the plant is mature, towering flower spikes can emerge from the plant around spring and summer and produce large bell shaped white flowers.

It will eventually grow upwards to form a trunk, covered in the creamy straw coloured remnants of its older foliage which can be trimmed or left to form a ‘skirt’ beneath the crown as it would in nature.

We have never purchased plants online before as we were afraid of damage. My wife particularly wanted a Yucca Rostrata having seen them in Australia. We were very impressed with the quality of the plant we received. Strong, tall, sturdy and looking very healthy.

Richard K

We have never purchased plants online before as we were afraid of damage. My wife particularly wanted a Yucca Rostrata having seen them in Australia. We were very impressed with the quality of the plant we received. Strong, tall, sturdy and looking very healthy.