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Banana Yucca

Yucca baccata

Details & Attributes

Plant Type(s) Succulent, perennial
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Low
Sun Full sun
Pollinators Moths
Has Spines No
In relative feet, width by height
3' × 4-6' (var. baccata) 3-5 × 4-8 (var. brevifolia)
Flowering Season April-July
Flower Color White
Minimum Temperature Range -20 °F
Leaf Description Stiff, pointed, with curly hairs on margins
Fruit Fleshy fruit with flat seeds
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Elevation Range 3000-8000 ft.
Description Banana yucca is a fantastic landscaping succulent which will work in low-high elevation gardens. There are a couple varieties in Arizona and the provenance of the seed will play a role in determining frost/heat tolerance. Plants in the northern part of the state are var. baccata which tends to be stocky, lacking a distinct trunk. Plants from the Southern part of the state are var. brevifolia which develops a short trunk and can have many individual heads. Leaves are stiff and bayonet-like with curly fibers along the margins. The flower stalks have white, bell shaped blooms which become fleshy fruits. These plants make a good specimen in a succulent garden or a mixed dry landscape.