Yucca

Bring the Americas to your garden

With a yucca on your patio you’re welcoming an easy, tough guest who can take a knock and is a feast for the eyes.

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The Yucca can be recognised by its fabulous rosette of leaves. There are hardy species such as Yucca flaccida, Y. gloriosa en Y. filamentosa. They all have beautiful rugged leaf rosettes with come in various varieties. They flower beautifully and elegantly in the summer. The flower stems can reach a height of 1-1.5 metres with large, bell-shaped flowers. Admire how deftly this stem grows and flowers in such a short space of time.

Origin

The Yucca originates from North, Central and South America. The name Yucca comes from the Spanish word for cassava: “juca”. This refers to the Yucca’s large thickened root. Although the Yucca is sometimes referred to as a palm, it’s not actually a member of the Palm family. Instead, it’s a member of the Asparagaceae (asparagus family), just like Dracaena and Beaucarnea.

Trivia

  • Yucca elephantipes is not hardy: it can be placed on the balcony or patio in the summer and must overwinter in a frost-free spot. We use this Yucca more as a container plant, and it is also one of the most popular houseplants.
  • American Indians used Yucca roots to make soap and shampoo, to cure diseases such rheumatism and skin disorders, and as a treatment for baldness. The flowers were eaten both raw and cooked, and they used the fibres from the leaves to make baskets and rope.