Last Updated on October 8, 2022 by Real Men Sow
If you want to stand out, Yucca plants can be a great addition. These plants can be large enough to grab attention and have bold shapes that make them stand out from others. There are many options for Yucca plants. You can choose from a variety of sizes and shapes.
How To Choose The Best Type Of Yucca Plant?
Before you make a purchase, the most important thing is to know how big a yucca will grow. You need to ensure you have enough room in your garden or home for it to thrive. Consider the plant’s height. Some plants can grow quite tall. This is great if the space is available. They are slow-growing so you will be able to enjoy your yucca plant for many years.
Best Type Of Yucca Plants For Gardeners
Adam’s Needle (Filamentosa)
Adam’s Needle plants typically grow to around 2 feet tall, with a base of about the same width. It is a hardy and naturalized plant in the northern regions of the USA. This plant thrives in full sun, but it can also tolerate shade. It needs water that drains well, but can be irrigated if it is neglected for a while.
Banana Yucca (Baccata)
Banana Yucca plants get their names from the fruits they produce. They look like small, fat green bananas. These fruits are sweet and often used to make cakes. The plant will grow to a height of approximately 1-1.5m and the leaves can reach 1m in length. Although it usually grows by itself, it can be found in clumps similar to other Yucca plant species.
Beaked Yucca (Rostrata)
Perhaps the most striking looking of all the yuccas is the beaked. Because it grows slowly, it is ornamental and requires very little maintenance. It can reach heights up to 4.5m. This plant is also one of the most resilient yucca plants. It can withstand temperatures as low to -22C and long periods without water.
Beargrass Yucca (Smalliana)
Beargrass Yuccas, one of the most adaptable desert plants is known to have naturalized in Illinois. Although they look similar to Adam’s Needle yuccas, their narrow leaves make them distinct. The plant is bushy and can grow to 2.5m tall with blossoms on the tips during summer. This plant will require lots of sun to be well cared for.
Joshua Tree (Brevifolia)
The Joshua Tree is a native of the south-western USA. To be exact, California, Nevada and Arizona, as well as Utah. California even has a national park that is dedicated to them. This tree is the largest in the Yucca Tree Family and can reach 40 feet high. However, it can survive for over 100 years if given the right environment. Although it’s adaptable, they prefer warmer climates where temperatures are constant at 21°C.
Our Lord’s Candle (Whipplei)
Whipplei Yuccas are native to Mexico and southern California. In their natural environment, they produce huge flower spikes that can reach up to 5m long. They produce white flowers in summer that are beautiful and have a pleasant scent.
Spanish Bayonet (Aloifolia)
Spanish Bayonets can be found in the south of the USA, Mexico, and Central America. These large, white flowers can be eaten raw or as a treat. Named after the sharp, bayonet-shaped leaves. It is often placed near windows to provide security because of its leaves. This plant can grow to 1 m in height. This plant needs full sun, but can tolerate partial shade.
Spanish Dagger (Gloriosa)
The yucca can also be found in the south of the USA. The spine-tipped, pointed, slender leaves resemble a dagger and are hence its name. These leaves can reach 1 m in length and bear white bell-shaped flowers in the late summer. It can reach a height of 2.5m and width of 62.5m2. The plant will thrive in full sunlight and can withstand short periods of drought.
Spineless Yucca (Elephantipes)
It’s a great choice for indoor yucca because it can be grown in small pots. It can reach heights up to 30ft but it is happy to be pot bound to ensure that it has easy control. It is easy to take care of, so even if you don’t pay attention it can still survive.
Soapweed Yucca (Glauca)
It’s used in soap-making and shampoo production, as you may have guessed from its name. The stalk will rise to 1m above the base of the plant during the summer months. White blooms appear. The plant needs plenty of sun to thrive. Otherwise, the leaves will look weaker and are less likely to flower.