Yucca Growing Guide

Yucca filamentosa


Crop Rotation Group



Any well drained soil.


Full sun to partial shade.

Frost tolerant

Yes, flowering yucca can tolerate winter cold to -20°F (-29°C).


None needed. Yucca develops a deep, extensive root system.


Single Plants: 1' 11" (60cm) each way (minimum)
Rows: 1' 11" (60cm) with 1' 11" (60cm) row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Yuccas can be grown from seeds collected from wild plants, but germination is often erratic, and seedlings need up to four years to grow to blooming size. Planting container-grown plants, or offsets dug from an existing clump, gives a much faster start. Yuccas with variegated leaves are vegetatively propagated and must be started from plants. Yuccas need less water than other perennial flowers.
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With their pointed, sword-shaped leaves and spikes of white flowers, yuccas are strong texture plants that are excellent for marking borders or deterring foot traffic. The summer flowers attract pollinators and hummingbirds. Yucca will grow on dry slopes where other perennials fail. Flowering yucca is native to North America and it often forms small roadside colonies.


When the flowering scape withers, many gardeners like to cut it off with long-handled loppers to make the plants look neat and to prevent the formation of seeds. Deprived of their seed-making mission, yuccas respond by growing offsets, which eventually form a more robust clump. Always wear heavy gloves and long sleeves when working around yucca as a defense against its sharp points and leaf edges.


Yucca has few pest problems and is of no interest to deer or rabbits.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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Pests which Affect Yucca