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Yucca elephantipes

"Yucca Palm Lily"

Yucca elephantipes

I have had this plant for many years. I am not absolutely sure this is the correct name, as the photos seem different, stalker cane and fewer leaves. My plant is very hardy. Years ago, Pierre Lapin (my rabbit) chewed one of the plant's branches in half. I planted the top and it survived. I also mended a broken branch that the cats damaged, and it survived, also. I have had great luck with this plant, whatever it really is.

  • Botanical Name: Yucca elephantipes
  • Common Names: Spineless yucca, Palm lily
  • Origin: Mexico
  • Height: Up to 1.5 m
  • Light: Bright light to full sun
  • Water: Moist spring through fall, winter just enough to keep soil from drying out,.
  • Humidity: Average to dry room humidity,.
  • Temperature: Cool to average 10 to 24°C
  • Soil: Any good potting mix that drains well
  • Fertilizer: Feed balanced liquid fertilizer every 2 weeks in spring and summer

As a young plant, the yucca plant is a stemless rosette of long, sword-shaped leaves with pointed tips.

As they mature, yucca plants develop thick, woody trunks with several arching leaf rosettes at the top. The edges of these leaves are spineless, and not as sharp as others in this genus, giving Y. elephantipes the common name Spineless Yucca.

This plant is extremely easy to grow and is tolerant of changing conditions, such as humidity and temperature. One thing it doesn't tolerate is soggy soil.

Watering tip: Be careful not to overwater, especially in winter. Use a container with drainage holes to prevent soggy soil, which can cause root rot.

You can put yucca plant outside for the summer months where it will get some direct sun every day. Outdoors, it may produce tall spikes of fragrant, white flowers.

Repot in spring when the plant becomes root-bound. Use a heavy container to prevent toppling, because older plants can get top-heavy. Older plants can be top-dressed instead by replacing the top 2.5-5 cm of soil with fresh soil.

Propagation is simple. Cane cuttings and offsets root easily. Plant them in potting mix and keep barely moist.

Sources: Guide to Houseplants