Indoor plants

Glorious yucca

The glorious yucca: its history

The yucca genus was founded by the famous Linnaeus, a naturalist of Swedish origin. Linnaeus took up the vulgar name that these plants belonging to the liliaceae family had along the Mexican and Venezuelan populations. The yucca gloriosa is a plant also known as: “Adam’s needle”. To give it this name were the native Californians of the time. The plant arrived in Europe around 1550. The yucca gloriosa is among the various species of yucca, the most striking due to its flowering in large inflorescences, longer and more showy than those of the other congeners. They can be 100-150 centimeters long. The color of the flowers is creamy white, externally pink. Each flower is 6 to 8 centimeters long. The leaves are rather stiff, dark green in color,


According to naturalists, the yucca includes from thirty to forty species of plants including arborescent plants with a more or less high stem. The yucca gloriosa is obtained by multiplication. For the multiplication, the radical suckers are used, immediately planting them. If they were small, it is advisable to cultivate them for a couple of years, in the nursery, before transplanting them to their permanent home. This very rustic plant is valued for its flowering and unusual shape. Many argue that to give the best of this specimen it must be grown in the ground, but there are examples of glorious yucca that have lived well and for years on the terraces of many apartments, in fairly large pots. The yucca is however an excellent garden plant that lends itself to creating corners of sub-oriental flavor with a very original effect.

The glorious yucca: soil, watering, fertilization.


The yucca gloriosa needs a fertile, light, well-drained soil, and a warm and sunny position.This plant develops best in regions with mild winter climate, although it has also been successful in cold northern areas when care is taken to protect them in the foot with manure and straw and to tie the leaves so as to protect the most delicate, internal part of the rosette. The yucca gloriosa is a plant that must be fertilized at the plant with mature manure. Organic fertilizers are administered two, three, times a year between March and October. It should be watered only as needed. much more in the summer. As for diseases, the yucca gloriosa can be affected by rotting of the root system if the soil is too wet. This specimen loves the sun very much.

Yucca gloriosa flowering.


The flowering of the yucca gloriosa occurs in midsummer. The bell-shaped flowers, yellowish-white or creamy white, make up large inflorescences, from 70 to 150 centimeters long, depending on the species. A glorious yucca plant, isolated in the middle of a lawn, when in bloom, creates an element of exotic elegance in a garden. In the maritime coastal gardens the yucca manages to soften the physiognomy of the typical Mediterranean garden. In nature, the fertilization of the flowers of this evergreen plant, in the areas of origin, is ensured by a nocturnal butterfly, which lays its eggs inside the flower, meanwhile transporting the pollen from one corolla to another. It is not uncommon to find beautiful specimens of glorious yucca in the flower beds and gardens of cities.

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