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Care of the plant Hesperoyucca whipplei or Chaparral yucca.

Care of the shrub Hesperoyucca whipplei or Chaparral yucca

The 2 species of the genus Hesperoyucca (Hesperoyucca whipplei and Hesperoyucca newberryi) were previously included in the genus Yucca; They are native plants of northern Mexico and the southwestern United States.

Common names: Chaparral yucca, Spanish bayonet, Quixote yucca, Foothill yucca. This species is native to Baja California (Mexico) and California (USA).

They are acaule plants (without a trunk) with long leaves 1 meter (3.28 feet) in length and bluish-green color that have a serrated margin. The flowers, white or cream, appear in spectacular spikes that reach 3 meters (9.84 feet) in height. They bloom in spring.

They are used in rockery, on slopes, in dry areas of the garden and in pots. They resist dry and strong winds.

Hesperoyucca whipplei can grow in full sun or light shade exposures. They resist frost down to -12 ºC.

They can be grown in all types of soils: sandy, rocky or clay. Transplantation or planting is done in early spring.

Water moderately, waiting for the substrate to dry. Slightly increase watering in summer.

Fertilizers are not necessary.

They do not need pruning because they tend to die after flowering; they produce suckers at the base.

They are resistant plants to the usual pests and diseases.

They propagate from seeds obtained from capsule-shaped fruits or from suckers produced at the base.

Images of the shrub Hesperoyucca whipplei or Chaparral yucca

Hesperoyucca whipplei
Hesperoyucca whipplei