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YUCCA aloifolia f. marginata

Image of Yucca aloifolia f. marginata

James H. Schutte

Family

Agavaceae

Botanical Name

YUCCA aloifolia f. marginata

Plant Common Name

Aloe Yucca, Variegated Aloe Yucca

Special Notice

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General Description

This beautiful white yucca is favored in southern gardens where it is often found in pedestal urns around old homes. Aloe yucca is native to southeastern America, from the Carolinas to Louisiana, and can also be found on some Caribbean Islands. It tends to grow along dunes and ancient shell mounds with little fertility. Surprisingly, it is not well-adapted to the dry, inland deserts of the western United States.

Aloe yucca has flexible, linear blades that rise from a dense, tight rosette. Each blade is armed with a wickedly sharp leaf tip. Plants produce a trunk-like stem over time that may branch with age. Tall stalks of ivory white, bell-shaped flowers appear in summer. These are pollinated under moonlight by moths. Bulbous green fruit capsules follow that turn dry, brown and split open when fully ripe.

Full sun and well-drained, average to poor, sandy soil are best for this resilient plant, and little care and maintenance are needed to keep it performing well. In the landscape, Yucca are grown as specimen plants to draw visual focus to specific garden areas. They offer fine textured foliage along with bold, architectural forms. As with many Yucca, Aloe yucca is vulnerable to agave snout nose weevil.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    12 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Cactus or Succulent

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    10'-25' / 3.0m - 7.6m

  • Width

    12'-15' / 3.7m - 4.6m

  • Bloom Time

    Summer

  • Native To

    Southeastern United States

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought, Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Xeric/Desert, Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Rosette/Stemless

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Rock Garden / Wall, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    Yes

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No