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Yucca elephantipes

Yucca elephantipes (2pp)

("YUK-ah ell-eff-an-TY-peez")

Floor Standing

Yucca elephantipes is a specimen plant used for the architectural value of its leaf clusters, sprouting from upright or branched trunks of varying height.  It is suitable for bright sunny indoor areas.  Indoor Yucca plants are produced by lopping off stem sections from mature specimens.  Once rooted, clusters of long, leathery leaves sprout from buds hidden in these truncated stems.  In time, these form long branches, which can give the plant a great deal of character. Yucca leaves are usually deep green with rough edges although variegated types are also available.  Yuccas occasionally flower, producing clusters of creamy-white bell shaped flowers. In their native countries, Yuccas have been used as a source of medicines, food, fibre and even a soap-like substance that is made from the crushed roots.

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Pets & Children

The leaves have very sharp edges and the leaf tips can also be sharp (although without the spine found on other species of Yucca) - be very careful when bending over to take a close look and be sure to keep out of reach of small children. Cats may enjoy scratching at the stem


60-70cm. In the wild, these plants can reach a height of 10m. House plants are usually between 80cm and 2m.

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Country of Origin

Southern Mexico and Central America

Habitat Conditions

Yuccas tolerate dry atmospheres and do not benefit from misting, which can be harmful under cool conditions. Yuccas are surprisingly cold tolerant and will cope with temperatures as low as 7C, so are ideal for sunrooms and conservatories

Plant Care


High - very high


Water sparingly and allow the soil to dry out between watering


Long leggy branches can be cut back, which will allow dormant buds lower down the stem to break and produce new whorls of leaves


Add a little dilute fertilizer to water when watering

Pest & Diseases

Mealybugs, scale insects and two-spotted spider mite are occasional problems, especially in warm conservatories. These should all be removed by cleaning the plant with a cloth or paper towel. Be careful around the sharp edges of the leaves. Plants kept in humid conditions, or which are misted, are prone to infection with Botrytis and mildew, which can be difficult to control and may prove fatal to the plant

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