Yucca recurvifolia

curve-leaf yucca

Outstanding Qualities

This evergreen shrub has a strong architectural quality uncommon in Northwest gardens. The sharp-tipped, sword-shaped leaves stand out in a spiky sphere and gradually form a trunk that can reach 4 to 6 feet tall. The long slender foliage, blue-green in color, often gracefully bends or slightly droops from the tips, and forms a stately specimen as it matures. Once mature, tall flower spikes tower high above the foliage and carry dozens of pendulous, lantern-shaped creamy white flowers in mid to late summer. Curve-leaf yucca is extremely easy to grow and adapts to most soils so long as there is good drainage. Consider using this plant's unique textural contrast in containers.

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: Its textural qualities also contrast beautifully when planted with sedums, low growing ornamental grasses, hebes, or rockrose.

Great Color Contrasts: gold, burgundy, variegated

Great Color Partners: blue, dark green, chartreuse

Culture Notes

Yuccas adapt well to most garden soils. This plant prefers a well-drained or sandy soil but is tolerant of clay and is very drought tolerant once established. The best growth and flowering occur in full sun. Although it will tolerate light or open shade, it is less likely to flower. Once established, yearly removal of the oldest, dead or damaged leaves in the fall or winter is recommended.

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Quick Facts

Plant Type: vase-shaped shrub

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 m.)

Plant Width/Spread: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 m.)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 7 to 9

Flower Color: cream

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: drought tolerant once established