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Yucca aloifolia /Spanish Bayonet

Yucca aloifolia  / Yucca aloifolia
A stalk of flowers
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A stalk of flowers

Large specimen growing in New Orleans

Cluster of plants growing from tall stalks that have fallen over

Close-up of flowers

A large colony of old plants with stiff bayonet-like leaves with wicked tips

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Scientific Name: Yucca aloifolia
Common Name: Spanish Bayonet
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 7, 8, 9, 10 Determine Your Zone
Height: 8-10 feet
Spread: 2 -3 feet
Bloom time: Summer, Fall
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Summer
Fruit color: Green
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Low
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Bark, Trunk, and Branch Features
Plants for Xeriscapes
Comments: This is a yucca with very stiff spiny leaves and tall thick trunks as plants mature and fall over from the heavy weight. Yuccas need well drained soils and full sunlight although they can tolerate a wide range of growing conditions. Borers can often be a problem on yuccas. Large floral spikes are produced atop mature yuccas during the summer and fall.