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Yucca baccata

Banana Yucca

  • Category: Drought Tolerant, Succulent, Yucca
  • Mature Height: 24-36"
  • Mature Width: 24-36"
  • Light Requirements: Full Sun to Part Sun
  • Water Requirements: Drought Tolerant
  • Hardiness Zones: , , , , ,

Yucca baccata, also known as banana yucca, grows in spiky clusters with  lance-like leaves. Large white flower stalks emerge in summer. This low maintenance plant, native to the West and Southwestern U.S., makes a great textural element to the landscape. Flowers ripen to produce edible fruit often enjoyed by local birds. The plant gets its common name from its fruit, which resembles bananas. Flowers are pollinated by the nocturnal desert yucca moth. Due to their intense heat tolerance, they are a good plant choice for areas with reflected heat; such as city medians, desert style commercial landscapes. Banana yuccas can also tolerate some part shade and are very drought tolerant once established. Plants will adapt to just about any soil type as long as it drains well. Minimal care is all that’s necessary for this tough plant which is rarely bothered by pests and is generally resistant to foraging deer and rabbits. Much like cactus and succulents, fertilizer needs are low and overfeeding can actually cause damage. Blend this cold and heat hardy succulent into perennial gardens, use in mass plantings or feature as a container plant.

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