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Yucca baccata

Family: Agavaceae (ah-gav-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Yucca (YUK-uh) (Info)
Species: baccata (BAK-ah-tuh) (Info)

Synonym:Yucca baccata var. baccata
Synonym:Yucca vespertina

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19 members have or want this plant for trade.

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

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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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3 positives
No neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive SleepyFox On Apr 28, 2010, SleepyFox from Prescott, AZ (Zone 7a) wrote:

Grows native here in the high elevation reaches of central Arizona, it's a fairly common plant on the floors of the pinyon-juniper woodlands that span much of my area, up into the Ponderosa Pine forests. They seem to have an amazing tolerance to the brutal summers in phoenix, all the way up to the lower reaches of Mt. Elden in flagstaff where the winters are extremely long and snowy. Of the few that grow on my property, they need no upkeep and are doing just fine in a region where we get less than 20 inches of rain a year, while their beautiful spring blooms add a nice touch of color to a xeriscaped yard, and bear an edible fruit as well (Although, I have not tried harvesting them.)

Positive treeguy15 On Jan 30, 2006, treeguy15 from trenton
Canada wrote:

I see them everywere 5b zone they always survived every winter even if it was -16F mine has no winter damage and if flowers and grows fruit.

Positive melody On Jan 31, 2005, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

A showy plant with a beautiful stalk of flowers that rural Mexicans relish as a favorite wild food. So many of these flowers are searched for and harvested, it's difficult to find mature seed pods in the wild.

The fruits are also edible and they taste somewhat like a sweet potato when baked.

It is found in rocky desert soils, grasslands and open woods from Southern CA eastward through southern NV and UT, southwestern CO, western TX and south into northern Mexico.


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

, (2 reports)
Cave Creek, Arizona
Clarkdale, Arizona
Fountain Hills, Arizona
Marble Canyon, Arizona
North Rim, Arizona
Peridot, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Prescott, Arizona
Prescott Valley, Arizona
Queen Creek, Arizona
Sedona, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Boulder, Colorado
Denver, Colorado
Pueblo, Colorado
Boise, Idaho
Meridian, Idaho
Indianapolis, Indiana
East Brunswick, New Jersey
Sicklerville, New Jersey
Seaford, New York
Syracuse, New York
Cincinnati, Ohio
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
Andrews, Texas
Lindon, Utah
Magna, Utah

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