Yucca

Leafy pillar of strength

The yucca plant, or palm lily, is a tough character that you can guarantee will always be around. This low-maintenance plant, with its irresistible combination of strength and reliability, makes a brilliant addition to any interior.

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Colours and shapes

The yucca has long pointy leaves that grow directly out of the soil or trunk. The leaves are green, sometimes with touch of creamy white or yellow, and have a sharp edge. This easygoing houseplant will stretch to fill any space. It can quite comfortably reach a height of 2.5 metres, making it the perfect feature plant to add to a design-led interior.

Symbolism

Despite its laid back appeal, the yucca has quite a few symbolic meanings. These include new opportunities, loyalty, protection and purity. The latter is probably derived from this palm's talents for recycling the air around it.

Origin

Yucca originally grew wild in the southern United States, South America and the Caribbean. The plant flourishes in desert regions, and so copes well with full sun and relative dryness. Some wild species also flower, but it's unlikely you'll see your houseplant in bud.