Yuccas for landscaping

Yuccas for landscaping.  Here are a few drought-tolerant Yucca plants that can be used just about anywhere the sun shines. They can be used as mass plantings, single specimen, and some in containers.

If you are looking for some good information on all types of Yucca’s you might like to view Dave’s Garden on Introduction to Yuccas.

They are slow-growing however, additional summer watering will help speed up the process. Yucca faxoniana is hardy to about 10° f. while torreyi is hardy to about 0° f. Yucca aloifolia has very stiff leaves and is a bit faster growing than the above mentioned. This one does well in containers with fast draining soil. A little shade will help darken the color of the leaves if it gets too much sun.

Yuccas for landscaping

Yucca Care

Yucca’s are drought tolerant. Many landscapers will install a drip system for these type of plants. But you should remove the drip system after 3 years of growth.

They are quite often overwatered. However, if you have your Yucca plant in a container they will require more watering as opposed to normal ground planting – Mainly during the hot summer months.

Very little water if any during the winter months. They thrive in sandy soils and lots of full hot sun.  You would apply insecticides the same as other non-drought tolerant plants.

Most are very low maintenance. Prune or remove dead or dying leaves to encourage new growth.  They are durable easy to grow plants but they can get diseases and insects will eat the fronds.  Grubs are also a problem in a landscape environment. Grubs will eat the root system of Yucca’s.

The Yucca flower is New Mexico’s State Flower.  There are many species of the Yucca plant but the flower will bloom on most of these species.

Yuccas for landscaping

Yuccas for landscaping

Yucca Elata – This one will brighten up just about any area with its striped variegated leaves.  Very slow-growing thin leaves with cream-colored flowers during the spring months.

There are about 50 or so species of yuccas.  Below is the variegated variety.  Showy large white flowers in early summer.

Yucca Elata

Red Tip Yucca

Hesperaloe parviflora.  A great looking Yucca for desert landscaping. They do well in rock gardens or as a stand-alone plant.  Long spiky stems with red tip flowers during mid-spring till midsummer color. There is also a yellow variety.


Brakelight Yucca

A brighter red tip Yucca.  This is a smaller version of the red tip yucca.  It does not set seed pods so there is less maintenance it is an evergreen in the Southwest.  Perfect for Xeriscape or rock gardens.

Yuccas for Landscaping
Brakelight Yucca – Photo Doreen Wynja

All Yuccas are considered a perennial for added interest during the cooler seasons.


Adams Needle – Yucca filamentosa.  A perfect Yucca for a container.  Slow growing Yucca with sharp-edged fronds. Beautiful fragrant snow-white blooms during late spring or early summer.

It will retain its color and fronds during the cold months.  Easy maintenance and care.

Yuccas For Landscaping
Photo Credit – Monrovia.com

Yucca recurvifolia – Great blue-green fronds that create an interesting year-round color. Tall flower spike white blooms.

An excellent accent plant that really grabs attention! A great choice for containers or as a specimen.

Is an evergreen plant that does well in and around a patio, porch or front entrance.

Drought Tolerant Shrubs
Photo Credit Doreen Wynja – Variegated Spanish Dagger

The Variegated Spanish Dagger (Yucca gloriosa ‘Variegata’): Perfect in a decorative formal pot.  Easy care very low water.  Make sure your container drains well.

Yucca treculeana – Spanish Dagger. It resembles a type of palm but it is a true Yucca. It can grow up to 20 ft. in height. The long dark green bayonet type fronds will grow about 3 ft. long. You can remove the bottom bark for a smoother trunk design.






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