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Yucca gloriosa var. recurvifolia

Family: Agavaceae (ah-gav-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Yucca (YUK-uh) (Info)
Species: gloriosa var. recurvifolia

Synonym:Yucca pendula
Synonym:Yucca recurvifolia

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

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

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
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10 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive TimBryant On Jun 5, 2013, TimBryant from FEEDING HILLS, MA wrote:

A beautiful arborescent yucca for cold wet climates. Has been in the ground here for the past 3 years. It is now 3' tall and starting to produce pups.

The only drawback, which is very minor, is that it gets leaf spot during the long, cold winters up here in MA. I have been able to work around that by cutting off the lower leaves at the stem (use garden scissors, instead of pruners for a cleaner cut). This has a great side affect of forcing new flushes of leaves. After each flush, cut off the lowest layer of old leaves. The flushes will keep coming. This technique has also helped establish the plant, by forcing quicker (and thicker) growth of the stem.

A very interesting side note MUST be mentioned. After the first winter, the top of the plant was accidentally broken off. I cleaned both edges of the plant, and grafted it on a wing and a prayer (not expecting it to take hold). Yuccas are not supposed to be graftable, according to horticulturists. Well, this graft took hold, and the plant has flourished. This may be a significant finding for plant enthusiasts. When the offsets become large enough, I am going to attempt to graft a larger tree yucca onto a Y. recurvifolia stem. Will keep you all informed of the result.

Positive hoitider On Jan 18, 2013, hoitider from Emerald Isle, NC wrote:

I have about twenty planted in different areas,it truly is the prettiest and best yucca you can have.wish i could upload pictures of mine as they are much nicer tgan any shown, just dont no how to upload .It has great recurve to the leaves the leaves are very soft and nothing like spanish bayonete which I have.also have colur guard,adam needle,red yucca,gives a very tropical look to the garden

Positive Fires_in_motion On Sep 10, 2011, Fires_in_motion from Vacherie, LA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Not just one of the best yuccas, I'd go so far as to say this is one of the best plants on earth, period. It combines beautiful bluish user-friendly leaves with a nice branching habit to give an overall look of something that escaped from Jurassic Park. There's no excuse not to own one of these.

Positive peejay12 On Apr 25, 2010, peejay12 from Porthleven, Helston, Cornwall
United Kingdom (Zone 9b) wrote:

This plant is thought to be a natural hybrid between two very dissimilar species, i.e. Y. flaccida (floppy leaves, stemless) and Y. aloifolia (stiff, dagger-like leaves, eight foot trunk).
The 'true' Yucca recurvifolia should have 30 inch harmless floppy leaves, but most plants are crosses with other hybrids, and may have stiffer leaves.

It is possibly the best-looking of all hardy plants for giving a 'subtropical' look to a garden. It seems to tolerate any soil, and will thrive in full sun or semi-shade. Its only drawback is the rather weak branches which can get broken off by the wind, or the sheer weight of the foliage. So you're unlikely to ever get a tree-like plant taller than 7 feet.

It doesn't often produce suckers, but the cut stems root quite easily (they're like cutting through a huge carrot) and so you could plant a whole cluster of plants to give a very 'exotic' look to your garden.

Positive zeldablue25 On Aug 21, 2008, zeldablue25 wrote:

I have found that snipping the sharp tips off of this plant makes it much more gardener/kid friendly and does not alter the plant's appearance or harm it in any way. Great evergreen structure for the garden!

Positive ivytucker On Jan 1, 2008, ivytucker from Cape Coral, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

I mail ordered a variegated specimen and recieved it in a small one quart container. It performs great here in zone 10 A. It flowered the first year after it was planted! I read where it is rather slow to develop a trunk but it already has several branches two years later. It blooms in late spring, early summer for me. Many plants are listed as "growing" in zone 10 but they really don't prosper. This one does! Although this plant has drooping foliage the leaves are tipped with spines that are sharp as needles. They pierce the skin and clothes very easily. Not a good choice for an entry way but great as a xeriscape plant or dramatic accent. Tolerates our rainy seasons without decaying away like yucca filamentosa does.

Positive ManicReality On May 22, 2007, ManicReality from Houston, TX (Zone 10a) wrote:

This plant is awesome!! My ma had one in a pot when she moved to her house, I loved it so I cut a piece off and stuck it in the ground. Within a couple months it grew leaves, eventually it was big enough i could cut chunks off of it and spread them out... This plant makes nice thick walls after a few years. If you have annoying or nosey neighbors, this plant is for you! you can plant them along a fenceline or where a fence should be and they will make a natural fence. Not only will it give you privacy, no one will try to climb it. Only a couple of warnings: don't bend over next to it, it will get you! Also watch children near it- I find it's best to teach them to leave it alone; I just take them over to it then act like i'm touching it, then loudly go ow ow ow and put my finger in my mouth , as if it bit me.. after that they get kind of scared of it and leave it alone...which is better for them. Also you can cut off the leaves on one side if you want, it might lean a bit, its pretty strong though and it will protect you. It's good to give it some room and if you don't want it to spread you gotta cut those pups off before they turn too woody. It is very hardy and will deal with just about any weather, 104 degrees F to 20 degrees F to flooding to drought, they don't care..They are pretty cool like that. In the winter growth slows a little bit, the summer makes up for it though. You can even cut a chunk and bury the middle of it and leaves will grow out both sides. It will spread in clumps, not annoying like runnergrass. If you konw someone that has it, you need never buy it, just hack off a piece and stick it in the ground.

Positive ileaney On Mar 10, 2007, ileaney from Cordova, TN wrote:

Zone 7 - Memphis, TN

We bought this crazy plant last year and had it potted on the back porch, most of the time it sat under the umbrella and had filtered sunlight. This winter I pulled it (along with my palm trees) into the garage and only watered it once or twice.

It grew like CRAZY in its' pot so I decided to repot it and was completely blown away by its' root system. I broke several 'pods' off while trying to get Yucca out of its' pot. I stuck them in several landscaped beds around the yard, just to see what they would do. But upon reading about the invasiveness of this plant, I may keep my darling Weeping Yucca in a pot on the porch. I have pets and young children, so I'll need to take precautions.

We really love the crazy weeping shape this plant has taken and highly recommend it to others who like plants who aren't afraid to exercise their artistic license in the garden.

Good luck and happy planting!

Positive Hikaro_Takayama On Dec 1, 2006, Hikaro_Takayama from Fayetteville, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

These plants are reliably hardy through Zone 6 and have even been grown successfully in a dry zone 5b location (Colorado Springs, CO). There is a large plant with two 6-foot trunks near a hardware store in Quincy, PA (about 20 miles from where I live), and the local Home Depot in Hagerstown, MD (zone 6b as well) is selling 3-gallon plants, three of which I bought.

In addition, Brian Williams (nursery owner in Louisville, KY, zone 6a) has grown them there for about 10 years or so, and the only problem he's noted during the winter is that extremely heavy snowfall can accumulate on the leaves and break the trunk, so if you live in areas that get heavy snowfall, it might be a good idea to stake trunked Y. recurvifolia plants.

Update, May 24, 2012: My Yucca Recurvifolia were in slow decline, but I figured out that was due to them getting too much shade and being eaten by rabbits during the winter. Last spring, I moved them into 5-gallon pots located in full sun, in anticipation of moving, which didn't happen that year. They, therefore, spent the ENTIRE WINTER last year fully exposed in their 5-gallon nursery pots, and came through with no leaf damage, which only seems to confirm my earlier hardiness estimates. The key, however, is to make sure they get plenty of sun.

Update, April 2014: We just had one the coldest winter the area's seen in the past 20 years: According to one of the employees at a local nursery, about 2 miles from my house, their in-house weather station recorded a low of -15 degrees for Fayetteville, PA for the past winter, and my two Y. Gloriosa var recurvifolia sailed right through it with minimal leaf damage (almost all of which was due to snow breaking leaves on the larger specimen & road salt damage on the smaller one).

In addition to the near-record low temp, this winter had temperatures below zero multiple days, and single-digit temperatures for weeks at a time, and killed the supposedly hardy Yucca Rostrata & my English lavender plant. Definitely good for Zone 6b, based on this.

Positive kiddiez On Aug 6, 2004, kiddiez from Las Vegas, NV (Zone 9a) wrote:

This plant grows fast here in Nevada and has been moved and replanted several times and still thrives. I hope I have it in the right place now as it is too big to move again. The leaves are very sharp. The plant grows upward but does not spread out very fast. The babies can be replanted and do very well.

Neutral ptyler On Jul 11, 2004, ptyler from Granbury, TX (Zone 7b) wrote:

These attractive plants bloom in May. They were planted where the core of the plant was choked with leaves from post oaks growing nearby. I found that the leaves could be removed with a strong jet spray from the hose. The leaves would have undoubtedly have lead to stem rot.

Even though they have "soft-tip" leaves, do watch for the knife edges of these leaves.


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

Chandler, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona (2 reports)
Tucson, Arizona
Huntington, Arkansas
Fairfield, California
Lompoc, California
Magalia, California
Spring Valley, California
Templeton, California
East Haddam, Connecticut
Wilmington, Delaware
Cape Coral, Florida
Lutz, Florida
Neptune Beach, Florida
Shawnee Mission, Kansas
Coushatta, Louisiana
Trout, Louisiana
Richmond, Maine
Centreville, Maryland
Laurel, Maryland
Hernando, Mississippi
Las Vegas, Nevada
Neptune, New Jersey
Roswell, New Mexico
Staten Island, New York (2 reports)
Emerald Isle, North Carolina
Winston Salem, North Carolina
Spencer, Oklahoma
Durham, Oregon
Fayetteville, Pennsylvania
Greencastle, Pennsylvania
Waynesboro, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Sumter, South Carolina
Cordova, Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee
Memphis, Tennessee
Austin, Texas (3 reports)
Broaddus, Texas
Copperas Cove, Texas
Dallas, Texas
Garland, Texas
Granbury, Texas
Houston, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Lindon, Utah
Magna, Utah
Bremerton, Washington
Kalama, Washington
Quilcene, Washington
Seattle, Washington
Martinsburg, West Virginia

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