Yucca elata

Yucca elata

Soaptree

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Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Yucca elata
  • Common name: Soaptree
  • Family: Asparagaceae
  • Plant Type: Tree, Evergreen
Flower colour:

White

Foliage colour:

Green

Silver

The soaptree or palmella, Yucca elata, is a spectacular evergreen native to the southwestern states of Northern America, such as New Mexico and Arizona, as well as the northern states of Mexico. Despite these hot origins, Yucca elata is extremely hardy, reputedly to as low as -25ºC.

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In the UK, it makes an eye-catching addition to a gravel garden or sunny herbaceous border. Surrounded by jewel-like flowers like salvias and echiums, the spiky, silvery foliage can’t be missed.

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For best results, grow Yucca elata in full sun in very well-drained, ideally alkaline soil – you can incorporate limestone chippings when planting to achieve this. A sheltered spot out of any strong winds is best.

How to grow Yucca elata

  • Plant size

    2m height

    1.5m spread

  • Aspect

    South facing

  • Position in border

    Middle

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Chalky / alkaline / well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do not Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Yucca elata and wildlife

Yucca elata has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Yucca elata poisonous?

Yucca elata has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

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