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Banana Yucca, Blue Yucca, Datil Yucca
Yucca baccata


Banana yucca grows on rocky ledges and slopes as well as on grassland plains and woodlands in the western part of the Edwards Plateau and into the Trans-Pecos. It is usually stemless and may be single or clumped. The clumps may extend as much as 20 feet in diameter, with as many as 70 rosettes. The bluish-green, sword-shaped leaves are thick and rigid, with short curved (or sometimes long and wavy) fibers on the margins. The flowers usually grow only to within 8 inches above the tallest leaves. The seedpod varies in size from 4 to 9 inches long and 2 to 3 inches in circumference. It is green to dark purple, edible, and somewhat banana-like in shape, hence the common name. Banana yucca doesn't bloom every year. It is believed that flowering is very demanding of its carbohydrate reserves and that plants must recuperate a few years before blooming again.

Plant Habit or Use: small shrub

Exposure: sun
partial sun

Flower Color: white, cream tinged with purple

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: fleshy capsule

Height: 2 to 2 3/4 feet to 3 feet with flower stalk

Width: to 6 feet

Plant Character: evergreen

Heat Tolerance: high

Water Requirements:

Soil Requirements: adaptable

USDA Hardiness Zone: 6

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