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How to Grow Yucca aloifolia Plants in your Garden

Gardener's HQ Guide to Growing Spanish Bayonet

Spanish bayonet

Yucca aloifolia (Spanish bayonet, dagger plant); Habit at Garden of Eden Keanae, Maui, Hawaii. photograph by Forest and Kim Starr.


Yucca aloifolia Growing and Care Guide

  • Scientific Name: Yucca aloifolia
  • Common Name: Spanish bayonet
  • Growing Zone: USA: 8 to 10
  • Life Cycle / Plant Type: Indoor Plant, Perennial, Succulents and Cacti

Plant Details

  • Plant Height (Inches): 120 to 180
  • Plant Spread (Inches): 36 to 72
  • Time of Bloom: Spring and Summer
  • Flower Details: White
  • Leaf Foliage: Green
  • Fruit:
  • Growth Form: Upright / erect

Ideal Growing Conditions

  • Best Light Conditions: Partially shady to full sunlight
  • Rate of Growth: Grows slowly
  • Suitable Soil Types: Acidic, Alkaline, Loamy, Neutral, Sandy, Well drained
  • Soil Moisture: Dry

Caring Conditions

  • Care:
  • Level of Maintenance:
  • Propagation: Seed, sown in spring at 19-24? C. Flowers may need hand-pollination to set seed. Rooted suckers can be removed in spring or take root cuttings in winter
  • How to Prune: Pruning not usually required
  • Pests: aphids and snails
  • Diseases: Leaf spot

Further Information

  • Can Attract: Moths
  • Tolerant of: Drought
  • Best Garden Use: Border, Container Garden, En masse, Seashore, Specimen
  • Family:
  • Closely Related Species:
  • Miscellaneous: North American native, Attracts butterflies, Fragrant flowers, Attractive flowers / blooms
  • Genus Detail: Yucca
  • Further Reading and References: Here and Here