Wednesday, October 05, 2022

Yuccas are not Cacti


Who knew?  The Yucca plant is often called a cactus but it isn't one.  Here's more than you probably ever wanted to know about yucca. (There were some yucca plants in my Fun Photos post from yesterday.)

1.  Yuccas are a type of flowering succulent.

2.  They are also evergreen, perennial shrubs or trees.

3.  There are at least 40 species of succulents.

How to grow Yucca, Better Homes and Gardens

4.  Yucca are known for their spiky, sword-like leaves.

5.  People sometimes mistake them for palms, which they are not.

6.  They grow in full sun on dry soil.

The tall part of the plant is the bloom of Yucca Whipplei

7.  Many yucca species are native to southern North America .

8.  It can take years for a yucca to bloom for the first time.

9.  The blossom stalk grows from the center of the yucca.

10. Some yucca blossoms reach up to 12 feet tall.

artifical Yucca plant

11. Yucca, agave, and cacti are all types of succulents.

12. Yucca blossoms are usually bell-shaped and white (or off-white) in color.

13. Yucca hold water in their leaves, stems, and roots which is why it can survive in drought-like conditions.

BONUS - You can actually purchase seeds  , starter plants, and (if you're like me and don't have a green thumb, artificial yuccas plants.

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  1. I have yuccas along the driveway. We planted them about 30 years ago. Somehow they've made their way up into the woods, too.

  2. It's probably way too wet to grow them here, so i'll admire from afar.

  3. Hmmm, yucca might work in the desert part of the yard. Me thinks I’ll give one a try.


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