• Yucca rigida

Yucca rigida

Blue Yucca, Mexican Blue Yucca, Silver Leaf Yucca, Rigid Yucca, Palmilla
Size: ex 1.5L pots

Availability: In stock

£9.99

Quick Overview

  • Robust architectural Yucca
  • Broad, glaucous, upright foliage
  • Full sun
  • Needs perfect drainage
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Description

Yucca rigida, Blue Yucca, is a medium-sized arborescent Yucca from northern Mexico with glaucous-green foliage that characteristically points upright and out at an acute angle. In time it develops a trunk to about 2.5m, growing to about 4m total height in the wild although I am unaware of any that large in cultivation in the UK. It needs to be kept as dry as possible during a typically wet UK winter. If given perfect drainage it can survive down to about -10C and possibly more depending on location and microclimate. As with all Yuccas and Agaves the imperative for good drainage cannot be overstated. A free-draining medium consisting mainly of shingle, rock fragments, sand and limestone chippings is ideal. In general, we find Yuccas will tolerate more winter wet than most Agaves but it is important that the growing medium has very little moisture-retaining organic matter.

These are slow-grown seed-raised plants that are 3 years old. They will always do better and transplant more easily than large imported plants. Such plants, imported usually as bare trunks, have poor root systems and are unacclimatised to European or British conditions. But apart from the obvious horticultural benefits, why would you want to encourage the dubious ethics of unsustainable harvesting of wild Yucca populations from the deserts of Mexico? Such practices continue to decimate the local wild populations and should not be supported by British nurseries or exotic plant enthusiasts.

Additional Information

Order Asparagales
Family Asparagaceae
Sub-Family Agavoideae
Synonyms Yucca rigida var. inermis, Yucca rupicola var. rigida
Geographical Origin Mexico: Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango, and Zacatecas to about 1600m elevation
Cultivation Full sun. A warm sheltered position. Perfect drainage in a gritty, sandy alkaline substrate. Add limestone chippings to the mix
Eventual Height 1-2m
Eventual Spread 2m
Hardiness Hardy if kept perfectly dry in winter. A sloping gradient or a raised bed together with a thick mulch of gravel is ideal. Protect with fleece if the temperature drops lower than about -10C

Yucca rigida

Blue Yucca, Mexican Blue Yucca, Silver Leaf Yucca, Rigid Yucca, Palmilla
Size: ex 1.5L pots

Availability: In stock

£9.99
You could receive 20 Palm Points for writing a review and/or rating this product.

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