Yucca gloriosa     
Spanish dagger   
Agavaceae Family     

Compiled by the Master Gardeners
of the University of Arizona Pima County Cooperative Extension.


Spanish dagger
streetside clump of Yucca gloriosa
Form: single or multitrunked rosette of points; sometimes many clumped trunks
Seasonality: evergreen
Size: to 10ft, spread to 8ft
Leaves: bright green points, 2-3ft long, upright, somewhat flexible, smooth
Flowers: terminal spike growing from mid section of plant; 2-3ft above foliage; creamy white bell-shaped flowers; bloom in late summer
Fruit: not significant (not usually seen)
Stems/Trunks: trunked with age
Range/Origin: tropical areas of SE US; North Carolina to Florida
Hardiness: leaf damage seen at 20°F


yucca leaves
top view (looking down) showing
rossette arrangment of leaf points

yucca leaf
flexible leaves of Yucca gloriosa

one of the more popular yuccas, often used as a houseplant, valued for its smooth (relatively) soft leaves

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