Yucca desmetiana in my garden Yucca desmetiana surrounded by Aloes and Agaves. Positive: On Apr 5, 2009, cactuspatch from Alamogordo, NM (Zone 7b) wrote: The yucca is the state flower for the state of New Mexico. Yucca elata Commonly called soaptree yucca. One of the more popular choices is to take cuttings from yucca plants. Flowers are creamy white, borne in a great cloud on the upper half of a stalk up to 10 feet (3 m) tall, usually in May and June. There are several yucca relatives that add similar interest and texture to residential landscapes. Learning how to do the propagation of a yucca plant is an excellent way to increase the number of yuccas in your yard or home. Yucca Plant Cutting Propagation. This is not an exhaustive list, but you may find some of these at local nurseries. Yucca Plant Care. It is an abundant evergreen, palm-like shrub or small tree growing 10 to 18 feet high. Yucca elata is an evergreen Shrub growing to 2 m (6ft) by 0.5 m (1ft 8in) at a slow rate. Yucca elata (Soaptree Yucca) This southwest U.S. and Mexican native is one of my favorite species for landscape use. It is in leaf all year, in flower from July to August, and the seeds ripen from September to October. Bloom time: Late spring. Exposure: Partial to full sun. The Yucca Cane plant prefers temperatures between 30-90°F. The numerous 2-foot (0.6 m) long, thin, flexible leaves are clustered at the ends of the stems, making the plant appear somewhat like a palm. Yucca elata is the hardiest south west trunking Yucca in our Massachusetts climate. Neutral Color: Green leaves with white edges and white curly filaments, white flowers. The soaptree yucca is one of the most characteristic plants of the Chihuahuan Desert. Soaptree yucca (Y. elata) grows 4 feet high by 1.5 feet wide and produces 3-4 foot flower spikes. Good drainage. The gray trunk -- with a diameter of 6 to 12 inches -- is slightly furrowed below and covered with dead leaves at the top. Yucca is also a key ingredient in natural shampoo, with one medium-sized yucca plant’s roots blended into an amber liquid. Height/Spread: 6 to 20 feet tall, 10 feet wide . The soaptree yucca has a simple or branched trunk up to 23 feet (7 m) tall. Ranges of the two overlap in southwest Utah and northwest Arizona, but the soaptree yucca is more common further east, in the grasslands and … They are also popular houseplants. Requirements and Plant Care: Full sunlight. It is a short tree Yucca with a reliable branching habit with multiple heads of thin, pale green leaves with distinctive fibers along their margins. Food: Feed your Yucca Cane plant once a year in the spring with a liquid fertilizer diluted to 50% strength. Can survive in dry and poor soils. Soil pH 5.5 to 7.5. Very easy to grow and requires no winter protection. It is hardy to zone (UK) 9. Toxicity: It’s mildly toxic to humans and pets. Zones: 6-11. I love finding them in all stages of development in the desert. ... That said there are many yucca plant uses, for example: the roots of Yucca elata (soaptree yucca), are rich in saponins and are used in Native American rituals as a shampoo. Yucca elata is a common, widespread and quite distinctive species, growing tall and eventually branching, forming tree-like plants up to 15 feet high, resembling the Joshua tree through generally smaller, with longer leaves and fewer branches. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Hand. Yucca plants are a popular choice in a xeriscape landscape. Native Americans used the saponins from the roots and trunk of plants like yucca elata, the soaptree yucca, to make soap for clothes and hair washing applications. Many are being propagated from seed by southwest growers. This plant has long, narrow leaves with sharp tips. Development in the spring with a liquid fertilizer diluted to 50 % strength medium-sized plant. 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