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How to Grow Yucca thompsoniana Plants in your Garden

Yucca thompsoniana, also known as Thompson’s yucca, is a specimen plant that is often grown as an ornamental centerpiece of a landscape or garden.

The Yucca plant belongs to the Asparagaceae family and is also referred to as Beaked yucca, Soyate, or Palmita. It is a perennial succulent cactus that can grow up to ten feet tall (3 m) and has a spread from 36 to 48 inches (0.9 to 1.3 m). It blooms in spring and summer, and produces fragrant white flowers.

Thompson’s yucca is native to the dry, rocky slopes of Texas and northern Mexico. It thrives in sunny, arid conditions and is resistant to drought. It can also survive in temperatures as low as 10°F (–12°C), making it ideal for a variety of different climates.

Thompson's yucca

Yucca thompsoniana photograph by Megan Hansen.


When oupled with other desert plants such as Chilean Bell Flower, Agaves, and Barrel cacti (Echinocactus, Ferocactus), this plant can help to bring beautiful desert scenery right in your front yard.

Gardener's HQ Guide to Growing Thompson's Yucca

You can grow Thompson’s yucca either outside or in. It can grow in pretty much any type of soil but prefers earth that is dry, sandy, or well drained.

Keep the plant exposed to sun and heat. It is important not to overwater it; once every two weeks is sufficient.

Once planted, the yucca takes three to four weeks to grow, and white flowers will bloom from April to May in its native areas. You can also plant Thompson’s yucca in pots; they should only need to be replaced every other year.

Leave plenty of space when growing Yucca thompsoniana soas to accommodate its large span and extensive root system.

Be aware that, the plant’s sharp leaves can be dangerous for passers-by and pets, so avoid placing them too close to your sidewalk, mailbox, or driveway.

Yucca thompsoniana Growing and Care Guide

  • Scientific Name: Yucca thompsoniana
  • Common Name: Thompson's yucca
  • Growing Zone: USA: 6 to 11
  • Life Cycle / Plant Type: Perennial, Succulents and Cacti

Plant Details

  • Plant Height (Inches): 100 to 120
  • Plant Spread (Inches): 36 to 48
  • 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: Low
  • Propagation: Seeds, rhizomes, stem cuttings, or dig offsets from sides of well-established plants
  • How to Prune: Not needed
  • Pests:
  • Diseases:

Further Information

  • Can Attract:
  • Tolerant of: Drought
  • Best Garden Use: Specimen
  • Family: Asparagaceae
  • Closely Related Species: The family contains about 2900 species. These are just some of the 114 plant genus known: Agave, Asparagus, Bloomeria, Brimeura, Convallaria, Hesperoyucca, Liriope, Scilla, Veltheimia.
  • Miscellaneous: North American native, Fragrant flowers, Attractive flowers / blooms
  • Genus Detail: Yucca
  • Further Reading and References: Wildflower Plant Database by the University of Texas at Austin and Here

I hope that you enjoyed this guide on how to grow Yucca thompsoniana. You may also enjoy the following drought tolerant plant growing guides:

How to grow African Daisy and our Guide to Heavenly Bamboo.



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