Yucca's were a very popular plant in the 60's then slowly fell out of fashion for a couple of decades before making a modern comeback. Those plants that survived the block paving craze have now matured into majestic specimens as can be seen in the picture above where the one plant is all that is required for the entire front garden display. When the Yucca is mature, it will produce one or more superb flowering spikes that can tower 2 metres or more above the crown of foliage. Flowering can be a bit irregular, and they sometimes miss a year out for reasons unknown, but the myth of flowering once every seven years is just one more 'old wives' tale'. In the right situation, the crown of large sword-like leaves make a fine focal point, but care is needed when selecting a planting position as the leaves don't just look like swords, they are lethal weapons in their own right. Although considered exotic and tropical, these garden Yucca's are fully hardy, deep rooted, and do not require any special care.
Most of the care for this plant is required at planting time. Select the site carefully and consider the mature size, ensuring plenty of clearance to prevent injury later. (Injury to people, not the plant). Many books indicate that Yucca plants do not like clay, but if that is all there is, it will make do, and grow just the same. After flowering, remove the finished spike just to keep things tidy.
No toxic, culinary or medicinal properties known.
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