Yucca elephantipes, or Spineless Yucca, is native to Mexico. Unlike other yuccas, Spineless Yuccas are a little more people-friendly than the counterparts. They make an excellent container plant for the patio or atrium. They are faster growing than most yuccas, but their size can be controlled by container size. In nature, they will reach 30 feet (10 meters) in height with glossy to bluish green leaves that will reach 4 feet (1.4 meters) in length by about 3 inches (8 cm) wide. Trunks are somewhat thickened at the base and very rough. They are hardy in USDA zone 9-12.
Blooming Time: Ours has never bloomed, but the flowers are white and should bloom in the spring.
Culture: Yucca elephantipes need full sun to partial shade with a well-drained soil mix. We use a soil mix of equal parts of course sand and loam. During the growing season, the plants are allowed to dry in-between waterings. They are fertilized twice during the growing season with a balanced fertilizer. During the winter months, they should be kept dry and should watered only enough to keep the foliage from wilting.
Propagation: Yucca elephantipes are propagated by removal of offshoots from the base in spring.
Yucca elephantipes was featured as Plant of the Week November 8-14, 2002.
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