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Soft Leaf Yucca

Yucca pendula (syn recurvifolia)

Soft Leaf Yucca


Soft Leaf Yucca is a 4-6 foot tall evergreen shrub with lance shaped recurving to arching leaves. The foliage is more blue-green than most Yuccas. Soft Leaf Yucca is generally a single stem in youth and can be multi-trunked with age. The growth habit is rosette in youth, with age the plant can become tree like. This yucca will bloom late summer to fall, the flowers are creamy-white and bell shaped and are borne on 3-5 foot spikes. This shrub has excellent heat and drought tolerance.

This is an excellent plant for placing around pools.

Additional Characteristics

  • Soil Moisture: Moist, well-drained
  • Additional Features: Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies
  • Special Resistance: None


  • Available in 1, 3 or 5 gal containers.
  • Suggested plant spacing are:
  • Plant 18’, 24” to 36” OC
  • Bed Preparation:
  • Spread 3” of bed mix in ground cover beds
  • Till 6” deep, rake beds to drain away from structure
  • Plant
  • Topdress with 2” of double ground (fine) hardwood mulch.
  • Hand water in after planting
  • Set sprinkler controller to water beds:
  • Once every two days for two weeks in spring and early fall.
  • Once a day for two weeks when temperatures reach 98+ degrees.
  • Have Owner monitor moisture and report over or under watering immediately.
  • After two weeks reassess the watering needs, and set at twice a week thereafter.

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