Botanical Name: Yucca glauca
Common Name: Soapweed  
Plant photo of: Yucca glauca
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Replace turf with groundcovers, trees, and shrubs. If you have areas where no one uses the grass, patches that do not grow well, or a turf area too small to water without runoff, consider replacing the turf with water-efficient landscaping.

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Broadleaf Evergreen, Shrub


Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season

Spring, Summer


Leaf Color

Grey Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season








Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Japanese, Meadow, Mediterranean, Ranch, Spanish


Accenting Features

Fragrance, Showy Flowers, Silhouette, Specimen, Unusual Foliage


Seasonal Interest

Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Background, Shrub Border, Foundation, Walls / Fences, With Rocks


Special Uses

Hedge, Screen, Mass Planting, Naturalizing


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
  • Description

  • Notes

This clumping evergreen yucca has narrow leaves and a startling, 3- to 4 foot tall flower stalk. The fragrant flowers are pale green or greenish white. It is a tenacious weed in areas of the American West, but adds a touch of the desert to gardens. Soap can be made from its roots and the foliage is used in basket-making.
Grow in well drained, sandy-gravelly soil in full sun, though is surprisingly tolerant of some part shade. No maintenance is needed, though you can remove the flower scape after the plant has finished blooming. The leaves are spiny, so plant it where it won't interfere with a walkway. Yucca are clumping, and so in time will form large colonies. Frost tolerant to -35 F.