Yucca Species

Yucca de-smetiana

Family: Asparagaceae
Genus: Yucca (YUK-uh) (Info)
Species: de-smetiana


Cactus and Succulents

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Grown for foliage


Foliage Color:



36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


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)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

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Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

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

From softwood cuttings

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Peoria, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona

El Cerrito, California

Reseda, California

Miami, Florida

Centreville, Maryland

Seattle, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 9, 2017, GrammaJoann from Peoria, AZ wrote:

Found additional information on this plant to complete your online listing below:
Blooms early through late summer
Height is 4 to 6 feet by 3 feet wide
Blue Boy Hybrid has Blueish Color
Blooms with white flowers
Heat tolerant zones 7 through 10

Mine is a blueish green palm-like foliage that does well in the Arizona heat. It can be planted in a pot, but in Arizona I believe it is better planted in ground.


On Nov 20, 2015, longjonsilverz from Centreville, MD wrote:

Much hardier than given credit for. Root hardy to around 0F for me with some dyeback at the top. It regrew from the roots in the spring. This was in Eastern Maryland (zone 7) where winters are pretty wet so keeping it dry is the real challenge for winter hardiness. This is a great yucca to have since its much softer and relatively painless to touch compared to most other yuccas.


On Jul 20, 2012, Mitsouko from perpignan,
France wrote:

Resist to -8 C in well drain soil, planted in protect and exposed to south area. Grows well in the southeast of France


On Mar 25, 2009, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is one of my favorite Yuccas mostly because it is so 'unYucca-like', having rubbery, arching, short blue-green leaves that develop an ornamental burgundy color in winters (here in southern California). It grows fairly rapidly for a Yucca. Mine has repeated problems with insect infestation which mar the beautiful leaves. I can not find much information on its origin and some sources suspect is a natural hybrid of some sort (though it looks nothing like any other other Yucca I've seen).