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.

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 10 degrees 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.

Yucca Care

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

They are quite often overwatered. Remember 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
Monrovia Photo

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.  This is a variegated variety.  Showy large white flowers in early summer.


red-tip-yuccaRed Tip Yucca – Hesperaloe parviflora.  A great looking Yucca for desert landscaping.  They do well in rock gardens or as a stand along plant.  Long spiky stems with red tip flowers during mid spring till mid summer color.

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.

yucca-recurvifoliaYucca 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.