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PlantFiles: Flaccid Leaf Yucca
Yucca flaccida

Family: Agavaceae (ah-gav-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Yucca (YUK-uh) (Info)
Species: flaccida (FLA-sih-duh) (Info)

Synonym:Yucca louisianensis

7 members have or want this plant for trade.


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Sandwichkatexan On Dec 8, 2011, Sandwichkatexan from Copperas Cove, TX wrote:

I have these in large planters in prominent places in three of my largest flowerbeds . I love the red tinge on the leaf edges in the wintertime . A big positive is when they bloom they seem to attract every hummingbird in the neighborhood . Great no frills no fuss plant .

Positive BajaBlue On Sep 14, 2009, BajaBlue from Rancho Santa Rita, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

The natural habitat for this plant is Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas and Tamaulipas in Mexico.

Average adult height is 3-8 feet tall, with its droopy leaves mainly at the base of the plant. The leaves are about 2 feet long and 1/2-3/4 inch wide, sharp-pointed, stiff but not rigid.

The numerous flowers form a cluster up to 2 feet long on the upper part of the stem.

They generally do not fruit due to the absence of the yucca moth.,
which is the natual pollinator for the flowers of this yucca.

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist , Dry

Yucca louisianensis is considered by some authorities to be a subspecies of Y. arkansana whle others consider Y. freemanii and Y. arkansana to be synonyms for Y. louisianensis.

Positive dodgedame On Sep 21, 2005, dodgedame from Columbia City, IN (Zone 5b) wrote:

I brought a couple of these home to Indiana from New Mexico about 8 years ago. I now have several huge and spreading plants growing in a (full sun) sandy beach on the lakefront. They are thriving, one of them had five blooming shoots this year! They get water only when it rains and I only fertilize twice a year.

I have collected the pods to get the seeds. There are thousands of little black seeds.

Neutral philomel On Oct 13, 2004, philomel from Castelnau RB Pyrenes
France (Zone 8a) wrote:

This plant seems to be thriving in dry sunny spots in my garden. It likes good drainage and plenty of sunshine.
It makes a statuesque feature plant, so should be carefully placed


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

Pensacola, Florida
Hampshire, Illinois
Columbia City, Indiana
Gowrie, Iowa
Bethelridge, Kentucky
Coushatta, Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana
Vacherie, Louisiana
Parkton, Maryland
Stanwood, Michigan
Lumberton, Mississippi
Rochester, New York
Glouster, Ohio
Eagle Point, Oregon
Annville, Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Middleton, Tennessee
Copperas Cove, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Midland, Texas
West Dummerston, Vermont
Dublin, Virginia
South Hill, Washington
Rosedale, West Virginia

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