Soaptree Yucca Soaptree yucca
Whipple Yucca Yucca elata - Soaptree Yucca (flower stalk) Yucca elata - Soaptree Yucca (leaves)
Common Name Soaptree Yucca, Palmilla
Latin Name Yucca elata
Family Agavaceae
Sunset zones / USDA zones 7-24 / 7-12
Type / Form Succulent / Large
Native Habitat Chihuahuan and eastern Sonoran Deserts deserts from 1,500 to 6,000 feet
Soil Dry, decomposed granite, sand, clay loam low in organic content, well drained
Water Once or none per moth or none depending on soil
Exposure Full sun
Height X Width 6 feet X 4 feet, 10 feet X 20 feet rare
Protective Mechanism Spines on leaves
Leaves Evergreen, grayish green, fibers curl off
Flowers Bell-shaped white flowers March and April
Bark / Roots  
Maintenance Low, remove dead stalks
Propagation Seeds
Pests and diseases Leaf spots are caused by fungi or bacteria. Brown or black spots and patches may be either ragged or circular, with a water soaked or yellow-edged appearance
Landscape uses Erosion control, rock garden low maintenance, fire retardant
Garden Suitability Sonoran, Songbird
Ornamental Value Green leaves, bell-shaped white flowers March and April, limbs, dead leaves hang on limbs
Nature Value Bird habitat
Native American Uses Flowers, roots, and stems eaten, cordage, roots used for soap
Links  
    Images and data http://cals.arizona.edu/pima/gardening/aridplants/Yucca_elata.html
    Images and data http://www.desert-tropicals.com/Plants/Agavaceae/Yucca_elata.html
    Images and data http://www.cas.vanderbilt.edu/bioimages/species/yuel.htm
    Images and data http://www.fw.vt.edu/dendro/dendrology/syllabus2/factsheet.cfm?ID=590
    Images and data http://www.desertmuseumdigitallibrary.org/public/detail.php?id=ASDM16446
    Images and data http://www.blueplanetbiomes.org/soaptree.htm
    Images and data http://wc.pima.edu/Bfiero/tucsonecology/plants/shrubs_soyu.htm
    Images and data http://www.mswn.com/Plant%20Info%20Sheets/Yucca%20elata.pdf
    Images and data http://www.backyardgardener.com/plantname/pd_e935.html
    Images and data http://ag.arizona.edu/pima/gardening/aridplants/Yucca_elata.html
    Images and data http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yucca_elata
    Images and data http://www.desertusa.com/magfeb98/feb_pap/du_soapyucca.html
    Images and data http://www.delange.org/YuccaSoaptree/YuccaSoaptree.htm
    Images and data http://www.naturesongs.com/vvplants/soaptree.html
    Images and data http://www.fireflyforest.com/flowers/whites/white05.html
    Data http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=1&taxon_id=242102060
    Data http://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/plants/shrub/yucela/all.html
    Seeds, images, and data http://www.plantsofthesouthwest.com/cgi-bin/plantview.cgi?_recordnum=1310
    Distribution map http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=YUEL
    Nursery Oak Hills Nursery, 13874 Ranchero Road, Oak Hills, 92345, 760-947-6261
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