Curve Leaf Yucca, Pendulous Yucca, Weeping Yucca, Spanish Dagger, Moundlily Yucca, Soft Tipped Yucca

Yucca gloriosa

Family: Agavaceae (ah-gav-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Yucca (YUK-uh) (Info)
Species: gloriosa (glo-ree-OH-suh) (Info) (glo-ree-OH-suh) (Info)
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Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer


Unknown - Tell us

Other details:

This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds

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:

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

Seed Collecting:

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


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


Arley, Alabama

Phoenix, Arizona (2 reports)

Clayton, California

San Mateo, California

Winchester, California

Boulder, Colorado

Wilmington, Delaware

Deland, Florida

Sarasota, Florida

Centreville, Maryland

Cockeysville, Maryland

Kansas City, Missouri

Las Vegas, Nevada (2 reports)

Charlotte, North Carolina

Cambridge, Ohio

Cincinnati, Ohio

Beavercreek, Oregon

Catawissa, Pennsylvania

Grapeville, Pennsylvania

Trexlertown, Pennsylvania

Crossville, Tennessee

Dallas, Texas

Houston, Texas

Pipe Creek, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Fort Valley, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 29, 2015, Max64 from Las Vegas, NV (Zone 9a) wrote:

Does beautiful in LV. I hand water at the same time when I'm watering my cacti which is usually around twice a week in the heat of the summer. Spring and fall closer to once a week. Does great.


On Jun 1, 2012, marceli from Plock, Europe,
Poland (Zone 6a) wrote:

I was affraid these plants can't stand against our harsh winters. They withstood almost a week with -30C! I given them protection from rain, from late autumn to early spring. They grom in very sandy soil, southern exposure.


On Jun 6, 2007, ktressler from Grapeville, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

This plant is impossible to get rid of once its in the ground. We moved into a new house and inherited about 30 of these. I have tried digging them out, poisoning them, nothing works. If a tiny shred of root remains, it will sprout a new plant. This is the bane of my yard!


On Jun 6, 2007, Lhouselover from Arley, AL (Zone 7a) wrote:

I always wanted some of these and we moved by the lake and now I wished that I had never seen them.

They are growing all around us and in the yard and are so hard to get rid of.

I am afraid that my dogs will run into the sharp ends and they will put their eyes out.


On Jun 19, 2006, INTHELOCKS wrote:

I have been transplanting this plant for 3 years (on Cape Cod, Ma) since it came up in some garden loam brought in for a new lawn. The original spot keeps sending up new babies and this year it has an awesome flower bud about to open. It has grown primarily in moist shade (go figure) and the flower casing appears red.


On Jul 14, 2005, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

An evergreenshrub or small tree with a stout, unbranched trunk. The sword-like leaves lend it the common name.

The leaves are broadest toward the middle flat, or grooved toward the tip, thick and stiff, rough beneath, edges without teeth. Sometimes sporting a few threads and ending in a sharp point.

The trunk is light gray and smooth, the upper part is covered by dead leaves.

The white or cream colored flowers are 1 1/2" to 2" long and bell shaped in showy branched clusters. Blooms in Autumn.


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

The Spanish Dagger grows so fast here in Nevada. I have replanted babies about every 3 months and all plants are doing well. I water once or twice a week. The plant doesn't require alot of care and grows anywhere I put it.


On Apr 2, 2003, Rambo wrote:

Dug up a small (18" tall) Spanish dagger plant about 2 years ago in South Texas and have it growing in a pot here in humid East Texas. Also, picked up seed pods from flowers of nearby more mature dagger plants and brought them home. What turned out to be some 150 seeds were planted just to see if any would come up. About 98% of them came up and have survived two hot summers and winter temps. into the high teens (with no care, except rain water and an occasional watering). The dagger plants seem to be slow growing. The dug up plant, after 2 years, has put on a few new leaves or so and appears healthy, but has not gotten noteable larger, so far. It is hoped a bloom will arrive this year.


On Feb 11, 2003, Greenknee from Chantilly, VA (Zone 6b) wrote:

Parent plant usually dies after flowering, with offsets taking over. Here in edge of zone 7 (almost 6) it can become almost invasive. If dug. any portion of root will grow new plant, usually blooming size within a year or two.


On Jan 26, 2003, aileen wrote:

This Yucca is growing successfully in Zone 5-5a in Halifax Nova Scotia. It makes "babies", much like hens/chicks do. Just break them off for new plants. After starting a new plant from a "baby", it takes about 4 years to grow to full size and produce it's first bloom -- but it's worth the wait. In the meantime, it is a good looking "green" sharp plant, with attractive features. In our Zone, in Winter, I shread a lot of leaves and pile them up burying the plant in the leaf material. I just simply move the shredded leaves aside in spring and let them finish decomposing into the ground around the yucca.