23 responses to “Yucca baileyi”

  1. jeff scarsdale

    my parents had a plantlike this one but it would grow a stalk & bloom medium size trumpets.it came from my brothers property in Arizona.when it was brought to Illinois,it survived our oddball winters.it sure is a beautiful plant.

  2. Rick Janovsky

    These pics are great.Pornography for gardners!



  4. Bree Hanna

    I am not sure, but can’t yukka be used in cooking or for medicinal uses? I could be way of base here I don’t know

  5. judy newton

    Thank you Daniel I used to teach about the pollination of Yucca but I had forgotten.

  6. Susan

    You can eat Yucca root. I had one at a Costa Rican restaurant yesterday in Tucson Arizona. Very good. Texture like a potatoe but much sweeter.

  7. jams

    Watch out. Those alpine yucca leaves are sharp.
    Yea baby

  8. Laura

    Am unclear on the locality of the yucca moth. Are they dispossessed insects who find themselves as desperate as joseph & mary on christmas eve , wayword out of towners just flying around Vancouver like they took a really wrong turn, or did someone transplant them here?

  9. Daniel Mosquin

    The yucca moths would only be found in the native distribution range of the yucca. The plants in Vancouver never have seeds, because they are never pollinated.

  10. Judd Rogers

    True Yucca and Red Yucca are very popular in Austin, TX. They withstand our periodic droughts quite well. The reds will bloom most of summer.

  11. laura

    thank you to Daniel for the info on the moth situation – warmest regards

  12. Dani Beeman

    I have a yucca planted here in Northwest Arkansas. It is huge and appears healthy but has never bloomed. Is there specific nutrients that I need to fertilize it with?
    Thank you!

  13. Kay

    I love this site, it gives me something to get up for every day. The photos are beautiful, and I get to see some things I never would any other way. Thank you.

  14. patty

    I have 3 of these plants and iv been here for 4 summers and this is the first it ever bloomed! Wow it is Fantastic! I live in Ontario Canada up close to lake Simcoe.

  15. John Dawe

    I’ve just found this site & would like to know more about it. I would really like to obtain some good alround info on yucca plants & find what species will do well in the Vancouver area, etc, etc. ……. I’m a bit of a yucca nut!
    John Dawe in Richmond, BC.

  16. Daniel Mosquin

    Hello John,
    You should visit the alpine garden at UBC sometime. If you check the digits on the plant labels, the last four roughly represent the year that the plant was planted–so, in the case of this photograph, this plant has been around since 1993.

  17. Heidi

    My Yucca plant only flowered the once, is there something I need to do to have it continue it’s blossoms every year?

  18. MF

    I have a yucca plant in my garden whichthis year has produced 12 baby yuccas at its base. Do I just dimply sever these plants and plant them in a new location.

  19. Daniel Mosquin

    To the previous posters – it is far better to ask these questions on the garden’s discussion forums. I’m not a horticulturist, so I wouldn’t know the answer, but there is a community of nearly a thousand active users on the forums who might!

  20. Deb

    Why did our Yucca plant only bloom once in 5 years. the center stem was cut of one year by mistake.

  21. Joe

    To Bree and Susan,
    As far as I’m aware, there aren’t many culinary or medicinal uses for Yuccas. The “yucca” served at Costa Rican (and other Latin American) restaurants is actually not this member of the Agavaceae, but rather is Manihot esculenta (Euphorbiaceae), also known as “yuca”, “cassava”, or “manioc”. It is quite widespread in its use throughout much of the Americas as a potato-like root.

    To those who wonder about the flowering regime, I believe most (or at least many) species of Yucca are monocarpic, meaning they only flower once in their lifetime. This means they grow for about 2-3 years, flower, and then die. Many plants may appear to live longer, however, because they grow clonally and a new yucca individual can be growing virtually on top of the old one.

  22. shorty denny

    that junk is sharp.watch out.great pic tho

  23. Don Pollette

    I have a yucca that sends up a stalk every four years, then blooms a cream color bell blossom. I’m sure this plant does not die then grow a new one in the same place.

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