Where does succulent come from?
Yucca aloifolia is native to the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of the US and Mexico from North Carolina to the Yucatán, and also to Bermuda. It is also naturalized in Bahamas, Argentina, Uruguay, Italy, Pakistan, South Africa, Queensland, New South Wales, Mauritania, and most of the West Indies.
Yucca aloifolia L.
Sarcoyucca aloifolia (L.) Linding.
Yucca aloifolia f. genuina Engelm.
What succulent looks like?
Yucca aloifolia, called dagger plant as well as Spanish bayonet, is an erect arborescent species, simple or densely branched, with at its termination or the end of each branch a rosette of very sharp-pointed, rigid leaves, their margins finely-toothed, but without loose filaments. The leaves are fairly thin, dagger-shaped and very sharp-tipped. The stems are covered in the remains of the old, dry leaves. Inflorescences are borne erectly, but many widely cultivated forms of the species are shy to flower if grown away from their habitat. The flowers are large, and showy, waxy and white sometimes tinged purplish, so that the plant is popular as an ornamental. Unlike Yucca elephantipes, the stems of Y. aloifolia often topple over to snake along the ground or over surrounding plants, unless they are mechanically supported.
Stems: 1–3, erect or somewhat declining, simple or sparingly branched.
How to grow succulent?
Yucca aloifolia is a carefree and durable plant that become the centre of attention when it blooms. It give the landscape a distinctive desert flavour. The bladelike leaves add vertical structure to a cactus or xeriscape garden. This species is tolerant of drought, frost and heat. Like their counterparts, these yuccas have needle-tipped leaves, so don’t plant them near play or walk areas.
Plant in fast draining soil but can be established in virtually any type of soil . It is adapted to a dry environment, but has a good tolerance to moisture and humidity when planted in a well-draining soil.
Provide little or no water in winter. Treat like a succulent. However, they grow faster if watered well (don’t water the crown, though they rot easily). In the garden they should be placed in a sunny, well-drained area with additional summer water in dry climates.
How to take care succulent?
These make great specimen plants for xeriscape gardens and blend well in either tropical or arid gardens. Small plants are relatively inexpensive, but larger ones are a fortune. These make excellent potted specimens, and their symmetrical form provides a striking focal point, ans display wonderful shadows when illuminated by night lighting. In cooler climates they thrive well in gravel garden, as they have proven quite hardy because of the excellent drainage.
The species is easy to propagate from stems or truncheons.