Botanical Name: Yucca whipplei
Common Name: Our Lord's Candle  
Plant photo of: Yucca whipplei
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California Native Plant
  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Shrub, Succulent


Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Blue Green, Grey Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half



Very Low


Growth Rate

Moderate, Slow


Soil Type

Sandy, Loam, Rocky


Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors

Attracts Bees, Thorns/Spines

Design Styles

Mediterranean, Ranch, Seascape, Spanish


Accenting Features

Fragrance, Showy Flowers, Silhouette, Unusual Shape


Seasonal Interest



Location Uses

Background, Foundation, Patio, Raised Planter, With Rocks


Special Uses

Container, Erosion Control, Mass Planting, Fire Resistant, Naturalizing


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Jerry Sortomme - Editor
Photographer: Mountain States Nursery
  • Description

  • Notes

Stemless, it produces dense clusters of rigid, gray-green lvs 12-18" long. Its drooping, bell-shaped flowers appear on large, branched spikes 3-6'. Plants die after blooming, much like agaves, but only individual rosettes will die off, others in in clump will continue to live & eventually bloom. Overall plant grows 3' x 6'. Native Calif. into Baja usually in chaparral 1-4000'. Prefers well drained soil. Drought tolerant but will lose lower leaves with extended drought. Great accent. Sharp
Planting: 1. Dig a hole 1" less the depth and 2 times the width of the container. 2. Fill hole with water, let soak. 3. Set root ball in hole. 4. Fill hole halway with native soil and water. 5. Finish backfilling hole, build basin and water.