Yucca baccata 
“Banana Yucca”

Yucca baccata “Banana Yucca” Yucca baccata “Banana Yucca”

photo: (left) Stan Shebs (right) Johnida Dockens

Ya gotta love nearly indestructible Yuccas. They’re deer resistant, drought tolerant, deal well with dry heat & on top of all that, this one rewards the garden every Spring with a big honking 3-4’ tall creamy white flower that pollinators love. It can be variable but most often has grey-blue, narrow & sharply pointed leaves 20-40” long, forming a slow growing rosette to 4’ wide & 4’ tall.   Named for its 4-6” long banana shaped edible fruits that reportedly taste like sweet potatoes when baked, natives have used it for centuries as a food source & the leaves for basketry. Native to AZ, CA, CO, NM, NV, TX & UT, it’s best adapted to low humidity climates & can take temps as cold as 20 below F. The perfect sculptural addition to any dry garden!

Megan
Plant Nerd

Sun
Low Water
drought tolerant deer resistant

Perennial
USDA Zones 5b-11