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Yucca cernua

Family: Agavaceae (ah-gav-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Yucca (YUK-uh) (Info)
Species: cernua (SER-new-a) (Info)

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Cactus and Succulents

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Unknown - Tell us

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive TimMAz6 On Jan 7, 2013, TimMAz6 from North Seekonk, MA wrote:

Yucca cernua grows easily in our zone 6b Massachusetts garden. I started with seed in 2006 and it bloomed in 2011.

Positive EricKeith On Jul 26, 2006, EricKeith from Huntsville, TX wrote:

In its natural habitat, the plants grow in an unusual acidic clay in the Redco Soil Series. However, I have grown several plants from seed and they seem to thrive in low pH sand and high pH black clay. They do well in disturbed areas such as roadside and other ROW in the wild as well.

Positive rosemarysims On May 13, 2006, rosemarysims from Mermentau, LA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a recently discovered and named (2003) Yucca of uncommon grace for this genus. It may be endemic to Jasper and Newton counties in E Texas. The bloom stalk rises to about 7' and the leaves are about 18" long. Beautiful pale blue-green foliage is soft with smooth edges but still has a nasty point. The plants photographed are offsetting and are about 3 yrs old. I'm not a Yucca fan, but this one is exquisite.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Coushatta, Louisiana
Opelousas, Louisiana
Seekonk, Massachusetts
Huntsville, Texas

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