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Yucca cernua

Yucca cernua
nodding Texas soapwort
Common name nodding Texas soapwort
Family agavaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z7-10)
Flowers white
Size 24"
Light sun-part shade

Unlike most yuccas, which are native to areas further west, this species occurs naturally in a limited area of the eastern part of Texas, where it grows in open pine forests. Plants form symmetrically spreading rosettes of evergreen glaucous lance-leaves. Older plants send up dramatic 10' tall spikes of white bell-shaped flowers, and also reproduce by producing offsets. It tooks three years for that to happen in our garden to our seed-grown specimens: one of our fourth-year plants bloomed in May of 2021, on a stalk that certainly wasn't ten foot tall, but still rose impressively above its surroundings. The next year, a different one bloomed – so it appears that they're not inclined to produce flowers every year. On the whole, they grow fairly fast – at least compared to our agaves, which stay small for what seems like forever.

Yucca cernua
Two-year-old plant, April
nodding Texas soapwort
Already at a substantial size in summer of its second year
Yucca cernua
Flower stalk reaching skyward in early April

In our garden, this plant grows in the following areas: left fence border, Houston rock garden

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from NARGS '17/'18 exchange. Baggy 70F (56%G, 13-40d)
  2. Same seed as above. Baggy 70F (no G, 27d)

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