Yucca schidigera

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Species Name: Yucca schidigera
Common Name: Mojave Yucca

Mojave yucca has large sword-like leaves, similar to a Joshua tree. Sends up a large flower spike with profuse clusters of blooms. Combine with Cacti, Dudleya, and Palo Verde for desert effect. It is the larval food plant for the Yucca Giant-Skipper butterfly.

Plant Family: Agavaceae
Plant Type: Perennial
Height by Width: 5-15' H x 5' W
Growth Habit: Open curved leaves
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Slow to establish, then fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining, rocky
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring/Summer
Flower Color: Cream
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Southern South West (San Diego County), Southern Desert Mojave, Northwest Sonoran Desert, Northern Baja
Natural Habitat: Chaparral, creosote bush scrub below 8300'

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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.