Water Needs

Light Needs

Common Name

Banana Yucca

Scientific Name

Yucca baccata

Botanical Pronunciation

YUK-ah ba-KA-ta

Plant Type


Deciduous / Evergreen


Special Features

The fruits were a traditional food of the Apache and Navajo, The leaf blades can be woven into baskets, used to make brushes, or with the fleshy leaf tissue removed the remaining stiff fibers can be made into a combination needle and thread. The roots are prized as a natural soap.


Summer-Fall, Doesn't bloom every year

Growth Habit


Growth Rate


Average Landscape Size

4' x 6'

Landscape Uses

Good barrier plants because the leaf tips are needle-sharp

Care Information

A Utah native common throughout Washington County. Needs well draining soil and can survive on rainfall alone once established. Will grow faster with irrigation. Will form a large clumping mound, so give it plenty of space. Sharp-tipped rigid leaves can be dangerous so use caution when working around them. During hot, dry weather keep an eye out for spider mites. Spray down foliage occasionally to clean off dust if it hasn't rained for awhile. This will help deter spider mite infestations.

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USDA Hardiness Zone

-20° F, Zone 5a

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