Yucca aloifolia

Spanish bayonet, aloe yucca


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Plant Specifics

Form: shrub
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 5-10 ft    Width: 3-6 ft
Flower Color: flower color      white
Fruit Color: fruit color      green
Phenology: evergreen
Noted for: Showy flowers, showy fruits, interesting foliage


Recommended Uses: Specimen plant. Hedge--makes a good barrier.
Considerations: Leaves have very sharp tips.
Propagation: Seed. Division though avoid those sharp leaves!
Availability: Native nurseries, Seed
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Moderately salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand


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Provides food and cover for wildlife. Larval host plant for cofaqui giant skipper (Megathymus cofaqui) and yucca giant skipper (Megathymus yuccae) butterflies. Nectar plant for great southern white (Ascia monuste) and other butterflies.
Native Habitats: Wet flatwoods, sand dunes, disturbed sites.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:


The flowers can be served as a salad or cooked and the fruit is eaten in some cultures. Pioneers made rope and string from the fibrous leaves.