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Yucca elephantipes

June 14th, 2013

Common Names: Giant Yucca, Spineless Yucca, Soft-Tip Yucca

Synonyms: Yucca guatemalensis

Yucca elephantipes

Yucca elephantipes

Description: Yucca elephantipes produces a thickened stem (or trunk) 1-2m long and 3-5 cm thick. The base of stem is often greatly swollen. The somewhat thinner, much shorter branches at the top of the stem are topped with rossettes of downard-arching, non-rigid leaves. Each glossy, dark green leaf can grow a metre or so long and 8 cm wide. Leaf edge are roughly toothed, but leaf tips are soft.

A specimen plant used for the architectural value of its leaf clusters, sprouting from upright or branched trunks of varying height.

For a balanced development, it is best to position the the Yucca elephantipes in a place where it is exposed to at least a few hours of direct sunlight.

CHARACTERISTICS:
Foliage – green
Shape – upright

PROPER CARE:
Watering in rest period – sparingly
Watering in active growth period – plentifully
Light – bright
Temperature in rest period – min 10C max 24C
Temperature in active growth period – min 16C max 24C
Humidity – low

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