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Products > Hesperoyucca whipplei [Yucca]
Hesperoyucca whipplei [Yucca] - Our Lord's Candle
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (now Asparagaceae)
Origin: California (U.S.A.)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Creamy White
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Synonyms: [Yucca whipplei]
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 3-4 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 10-15 F
Hesperoyucca whipplei [Yucca] (Our Lord's Candle) - This is a dense rosette-forming plant to 2 feet tall and 4 feet across with rigid, gray-green leaves that are margined yellow or brown with a very sharp tip. In the mid-spring into summer, mature plants produce clusters of bell-shaped creamy white flowers, sometimes tinged with purple, drooping on branched spikes. The blooms are fragrant. After blooming the plant will die, but it sometimes is replaced by numerous offsets (ssp. caespitosa). This plant has an incredible native range from the coastal area of San Francisco south into Baja California and east into the southern Sierra Nevada range and Mount San Jacinto. There is even one subspecies in the inner Grand Canyon in Arizona. This plant long called Yucca whilpplei is now considered to be Hesperoyucca whipple. The reasons as listed in the Illustrated Handbook of Succulent Plants: Monocotyledons edited by Urs Eggli (2001) are: Hesperoyucca differs clearly from Yucca in that it forms a definite bulb in the seedling stage (absent in Yucca but further study necessary), has a capitate stigma (6 lobed in Yucca), fruit is strictly loculicidally dehiscent (Yucca indehiscent or septicidal or septicidal and loculicidal), filaments basally attached to tepals and w/o apical thickening (Yucca has filaments not attached to tepals but held close to the ovary and bent outwards near the swollen apex), the often very large inflorescence of Hesperoyucca by far exceed the inflorescence size of Yucca and unbranched plants (ssp. whipplei) are monocarpic while branched plants (ssp. caespitosa) develop new rosettes from the leaf axils (both traits unknown in Yucca). 

This information about Hesperoyucca whipplei [Yucca] displayed is based on research conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.