Español  English  

Consulta Plantas

Gardening and plant care since 2001

Find plants

Care of the plant Yucca thompsoniana or Thompson's yucca.

Care of the shrub Yucca thompsoniana or Thompson's yucca

The genus Yucca, family Asparagaceae, comprises 50 species of evergreen shrubs native to Mexico, the United States, and the Caribbean. Some species are: Yucca thompsoniana, Yucca baccata, Yucca schidigera, Yucca rostrata, Yucca mixtecana, Yucca gloriosa, Yucca filifera, Yucca elephantipes, Yucca desmetiana, Yucca carnerosana, Yucca aloifolia, Yucca whipplei.

Common names: Thompson's yucca, Beaked yucca. This species is native to Texas (USA), Chihuahua and Coahuila (Mexico).

They are branched bushy or arborescent plants that reach 4 meters (13.12 feet) in height. The leaves are elongated and appear in spherical groups at the end of the branches; They are bluish-green in color with finely serrated margins. They produce large floral panicles (up to 1 meter/3.28 feet high) with white bell-shaped flowers. They bloom in summer.

They are used in rockery, in dry, poor and sunny areas of the garden and as isolated specimens.

Yucca thompsoniana needs full sun exposure and high temperatures. They resist frost down to -15 ºC (5 ºF).

They can grow in any well-drained soil be it rocky, sandy, or stony.

They are very resistant to drought; they only need occasional watering in summer. The rest of the year they are maintained with the rains (in Mediterranean climates).

They do not need fertilizers.

Prune the withered inflorescences and the basal branches if you want to obtain an arboreal bearing.

They are plants resistant to pests and diseases but sensitive to excess humidity.

They propagate from seeds sown in spring in a slightly humid sandy substrate.

Images of the shrub Yucca thompsoniana or Thompson's yucca

Yucca thompsoniana
Yucca thompsoniana