Yucca elata

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Butterfly FriendlyFull SunDeer ResistantPart ShadeBird Friendly
Yucca elata

A widespread and quite distinctive species, forming tree-like plants up to 15 feet high. They resembling the Joshua tree through they are generally smaller. In late spring and early summer they send up 4 to 6 foot stems and bloom profusely with cream colored, edible flowers. They are pollinated exclusively by the Yucca Moth. However, they do provide food for butterflies and some songbirds. Beautiful, reliable and easy to grow. 

Attracts butterflies and other beneficial insects
Host plant for the giant yucca butterfly
The small seeds provide food for birds and other wildlife
Iconic plant of the Chihuahuan desert
Deer and rabbit resistant
Provides winter interest

Native Range

Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts from Trans-Pecos Texas west through central New Mexico to central Arizona and south into northern Mexico, between 1500 and 6000 feet.

Interesting Facts

Soapy material in the roots and trunks of this abundant species has been used as a soap substitute. The leaves are a source of coarse fiber and were used by  Native Americans in making baskets.


Plant in full sun with excellent drainage. Drought tolerant once established. 

Mature Size: 6-20ft. Tall x 6-10ft. Wide

Hardiness Zone: 7-11

Sun Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade

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