Hesperoyucca whipplei

Chaparral yucca

Plant Type: Perennial
Sun: Sun
Drainage: Well-draining
Water: Naturalize, Occasional
Height X Width: 3' X 3'
Santa Clara County Local: No
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Our Lord’s Candle is emblematic of dry chaparral and coastal scrub in California’s southern mountains. It is found as far north as about Fresno. It grows in a rounded array of extremely sharp gray-green leaves. After several years, it will send up a marvelous inflorescence (flower stock) to 12 feet or so, topped with numerous creamy white flowers. The plant dies after this display. Hesperoyucca whipplei requires a hot, dry, sunny placement in well-draining soil to thrive. You may also grow it in a decorative pot (well away from foot traffic). Mulch with a thick layer of gravel to prevent weed growth, since weeding can be a challenge around the base of the sharp leaves. I find that it is possible if one sweeps one’s hand under the leaves and bends them up, exposing the ground. The leaves are supple and bend easily without damage.


Deer Resistant: Yes
Attractive to Bees: Yes
Attractive to Butterflies: Yes
Good Under Oaks: No
Evergreen or Deciduous: Evergreen