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

Yucca gloriosa var. tristis

Family: Asparagaceae
Genus: Yucca (YUK-uh) (Info)
Species: gloriosa var. tristis
Synonym:Yucca gloriosa var. recurvifolia
Synonym:Yucca pendula
Synonym:Yucca recurvifolia



Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade


Foliage Color:



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)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone

Can be grown as an annual

Suitable for growing in containers


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

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Adana, Adana(2 reports)

Chandler, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona(2 reports)

Tucson, Arizona

Huntington, Arkansas

Fairfield, California

Lompoc, California

Magalia, California

Spring Valley, California

Templeton, California

East Haddam, Connecticut

East Haven, Connecticut

Wilmington, Delaware

Cape Coral, Florida

Lutz, Florida

Neptune Beach, Florida

Shawnee Mission, Kansas

Coushatta, Louisiana

Trout, Louisiana

Richmond, Maine

Centreville, Maryland

Laurel, Maryland

Feeding Hills, Massachusetts

Hernando, Mississippi

Las Vegas, Nevada

Neptune, New Jersey

High Rolls Mountain Park, New Mexico

Roswell, New Mexico

Staten Island, New York(2 reports)

Emerald Isle, North Carolina

Winston Salem, North Carolina

Spencer, Oklahoma

Durham, Oregon

King City, 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

South Jordan, Utah

Bremerton, Washington

Kalama, Washington

Quilcene, Washington

Seattle, Washington

Martinsburg, West Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 25, 2017, hjhanna from Wilmington, NC wrote:

Yes, it may be one of the best plants in the world! Easy, and islandic style look. Very attractive. What a statement it makes.


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... read more


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


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.


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 qui... read more


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!


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.


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... read more


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 shap... read more


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 Recur... read more


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.


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.