Yucca brevifolia

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Species Name: Yucca brevifolia
Common Name: Joshua Tree

A unique plant and California desert icon. Sharp dagger leaves and large clusters of yucca blooms Grows with Saguaro, Palo Verde and Creosote bush. It is the larval food plant for the Yucca Giant-Skipper butterfly.

Plant Family: Agavaceae
Plant Type: Perennial
Height by Width: 30' H x 10' W
Growth Habit: Upright, branching
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Slow
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant
Cold Hardy to: 2,000-6,600'
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Creamy white
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Mojave Desert to W Arizona and SW Utah
Natural Habitat: Desert flats, slopes

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  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.
  • Harlow, Nora and Kristin Jakob. Wild Lilies, Irises, and Grasses: Gardening with California Monocots. Berkely and Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press. 2003.