Yucca gloriosa

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Spanish Dagger, Moundlily Yucca


Plant Specifics

Size:2-3 (8) ft tall by 2-3 ft wide
Life Span:Annual
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:Green
Noted for:Showy flowers, Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses:Specimen plant. Forms a large rosette of spine-tipped leaves. Flower stalks rise to 6-8 ft.
Considerations:Spine-tipped leave are very sharp.
Propagation:Stem cuttings, rhizomes, seed.
Availability:Native nurseries
Light: Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:High. Can tolerate significant and ongoing amounts of salty wind and salt spray without injury.
Soil or other substrate:Sand
Soil pH:



Provides wildlife cover



Pollinated by moths though hummingbirds may be attracted to the nectar.  Larval host plant for cofaqui giant skipper (Megathymus cofaqui) and yucca giant skipper (Megathymus yuccae) butterflies.  

Nectar plant for great southern white (Ascia monuste) and other butterflies.

Pollinated by yucca moths. 

Native Habitats:Cultivated. Dry sites.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


Ethnobotany:Fruit and flowers are edible.