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Yucca whipplei (Our Lord's Candle)

Our Lord's Candle, Spanish Bayonet, Chaparral Yucca, Foothill Yucca, Quixote Yucca, Hesperoyucca whipplei, Yucca peninsularis


Yucca whipplei (Our Lord's Candle) is an evergreen shrub forming a dense, trunkless rosette of narrow, linear, gray-blue leaves, up to 3 ft. long (90 cm). The leaves display sharply toothed edges and needlelike tips. In summer, mature plants (over 5 years) are topped with a striking flowering stalk, up to 6-14 ft. long (180-420 cm), that rises well above the foliage, and bears hundreds of scented, drooping, creamy-white flowers, often tinged with purple. They are held in a massive cluster, about 3 ft. long (90 cm), and are followed by dry winged capsules, which split open at maturity to release their seeds. The rosette dies after flowering, but is usually replaced by one or more offsets. This species is highly tolerant of drought, heat and frost. It withstands temperatures as low as 10°F (-12°C). Yucca whipplei is incredibly spectacular when in bloom and makes an outstanding accent plant. The scented flowers and low maintenance make it a great choice for dry and water-wise landscapes.

  • Leaves form a foliage clump to 3 ft. tall (90 cm) and 6 ft. wide (180 cm).
  • Easily grown in dry, well-drained soils in full sun. Occasional to infrequent summer irrigation needed, but will grow faster if well watered.
  • Deer and rabbit resistant, this plant attracts hummingbirds
  • Provide a striking focal point in beds and borders, gravel gardens, xeriscape gardens, Mediterranean gardens.
  • Propagate by seed or remove rooted suckers.
  • Native from California to Mexico.

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Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 9
Heat Zones 7 – 9
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Cactus - Succulents
Plant Family Yucca
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 3' – 14' (90cm – 4.3m)
Spread 5' – 6' (150cm – 180cm)
Spacing 72" (180cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, California, Southwest, Arizona
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Gravel and Rock Garden, Mediterranean Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 9
Heat Zones 7 – 9
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Cactus - Succulents
Plant Family Yucca
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 3' – 14' (90cm – 4.3m)
Spread 5' – 6' (150cm – 180cm)
Spacing 72" (180cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, California, Southwest, Arizona
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Gravel and Rock Garden, Mediterranean Garden

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