Yucca recurvifolia is an ornamental evergreen shrub native to the southeastern United States.
Commonly known as curve-leaf or pendulous yucca, this large, vase-shaped plant is a cultivar of Yucca gloriosa and a member of the Agavaceae family.
The plant's long, thin leaves are semi-flexible, growing upwards from its center and gently fanning downwards so that the lowest leaves touch the ground.
Yucca gloriosa (as Yucca recurvifolia) photograph by Swallowtail Garden Seeds.
Each blue-green leaf ends in a sharp point, and the central stalk can grow upwards of six to ten feet tall (1.8 to 3 m high).
Mature Yucca recurvifolia bloom in late spring and early summer, growing towering spikes that hang with dozens of white, bell-shaped flowers.
Often used in landscaping due to its distinct architectural qualities, shrubs also do well indoors planted in decorative containers.
Like other succulents of its type, Yucca recurvifolia is a hardy plant that does not require much in the way of maintenance or grooming.
Recommended for USDA Hardiness Zone 7–9, it does best in well-drained, sandy soil, but can tolerate clay with proper drainage.
New shrubs should be planted in early spring or summer in an area that receives full or partial sunlight.
Regular weekly watering is only needed until strong roots are established, at which point the plant becomes drought tolerant.
This plant thrives in warmer climates, but is nevertheless able to withstand some snow and freezing temperatures, its leaves remaining undamaged at temperatures as low as −4° degrees Fahrenheit (−20° C).