Yucca whipplei

From Mexico to California where it grows in desert-like conditions, this smaller Yucca is very popular as a conservatory plant, or in the xerophytic garden.

Yucca whipplei Only grows to a few feet in height, and does not have a trunk, but spectacularly makes up for this with a potentially several metre tall flower spike, bearing thousands of flowers which are sweetly fragrant.

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Plant Biography

Known as Our Lord’s Candle, it is very common in the wild where it grows from Mexico to California. It spreads from suckers and by seeds, which are produced in prodigious quantities.

The tall and fragrant spike of this yucca is so spectacular in form as it is used to attract moths, which it relies on for pollination.

Yucca whipplei

Expert Tip

‘Dry in the winter, wet in the summer’ should be your mantra for a thriving Yucca whipplei.

Care & Size Guidance

Its easy to grow; try to replicate its natural habitat as far as possible, and certainly plant in full sun.

Yucca whipplei is extremely tolerant of cold, heat and drought and thus is perfect for the arid garden. Keep it dry in the winter to maximize its cold-tolerant properties. It is said it can survive down to -12 degrees Celcius.

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