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Yucca aloifolia

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Plant Type: Large shrub
Aspect: Dry sunny areas away from close contact
Foliage: Sharp terminal point to leaves
Flower colour: White
Flowering period: Summer
Growth form: Single or multiple trunk forming
Size - height & spread : Up to 6 metres tall and 2 metres wide
Soil type/requirements: Sandy
Water requirements (established plants): Natural rainfall
Native Distribution: Gulf coast of USA

Spanish Dagger is a very ornamental, evergreen Yucca. It is fast growing, up to 6 metres tall, with dagger-like, deep green leaves, turning purple in summer. It needs plenty of space as it will become multi stemmed, forming a thicket after 10 or more years.

The flowers are white and showy, sometimes tinged purplish, lasting for a long time through summer. They are fragrant at night to attract moths. Fruits are elongated, fleshy, up to 5 cm long. The fruit is eaten by both birds and humans, and the flowers can be eaten cooked or raw.

It is widely planted in hot climates and arid environments. It is suitable for coastal or windy areas and is much more attractive than the more commonly seen green leafed Yucca elephantipes.

It is quite easy to snip off the sharp leaf tip using seceteurs. It does not harm the plant and the sharp tip will not regrow, so a few minutes taken to do this makes the plant far more friendly in a garden setting.

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