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Fine-Leaf Yucca, Fine-Leaf Yucca

Yucca angustissima

Details & Attributes


Plant Type(s) Succulent, perennial
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Low
Sun Full sun, partial shade
Pollinators Tageticula moths, also a larval source for Strecker's Skipper Butterfly
Has Spines No
Size
In relative feet, width by height
3' (more when blooming) × 3'
Freeze Tolerant No
Flowering Season May-June
Flower Color White
Minimum Temperature Range -20 °F
Leaf Description Pliable with abundant fibrous hairs on the margins
Fruit Dry capsule with thin black seeds
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Elevation Range 3000-7500 ft.
Ethnobotany Roots have been used historically to make a shampoo. Leaf margins were used to make fiber for ropes, footwear, cordage, etc.
Description This species can be found in the northern part of the state, from Prescott up towards the Grand Canyon and Four Corners region. This is a smaller native yucca, without a trunk, and with thin leaves which bear numerous fibers on the margins. This Yucca is more appropriate for smaller planting areas than our other species, and also makes a handsome potted specimen. This plant can be solitary or form clonal colonies. Narrow leaf yucca doesn't bloom every year, but when it does, a large narrow flower stalk arises covered in white moth pollinated blooms. In lower elevation gardens this plant may benefit from some shade, and occasional irrigation in the warm months. At high elevations, grow on well draining soil and plant in full sun or light shade. Mix with small trees, evergreen shrubs, and cacti.