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Products > Yucca Bright Star ['Walbristar'] PP17,653
Yucca Bright Star ['Walbristar'] PP17,653 - Bright Star Yucca

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (now Asparagaceae)
Origin: Southeast US (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Yellow/Chartreuse Foliage: Yes
Variegated Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Summer/Fall
Synonyms: [Y. pendula, Y. gloriosa var. recurvifolia]
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 3-5 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Seaside: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 0-10 F
Yucca Bright Star ['Walbristar'] PP17,653 (Bright Star Yucca) - A beautiful slow growing yucca with 18 inch tall by 3 feet wide rosettes of upright growing soft leaves that gently recurve from midleaf towards the spine at the tip, which while sharp, is not rigid. The individual leaves have broad, deep yellow margins and are slightly rough on their undersides. Flowering when mature in late summer to fall with 3-foot spikes of red tinged buds opening to cream white flowers.

Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil (tolerates sandy conditions) and irrigate little to occasionally. Hardy to 0F (USDA Zone 7). A very attractive specimen plant that brightens up the garden.

This selection was a vegetative sport that was discovered in 2000 on a plant thought to be Yucca gloriosa by Albert Timothy Crowther at his nursery in Arundel, Great Britain. The sport was removed and rooted, and a subsequent selection was made from shoots that emerged the following year with the final selection having a uniform and significant degree of golden variegation throughout the rosette. The plant has since been reproduced in a tissue culture laboratory. Though originally released as a Yucca gloriosa cultivar this selection, with recurved and slightly rough leaf undersides seems closer to what was previously known as Yucca gloriosa var. recurvifolia (or Yucca pendula) which now is considered to be the species Yucca recurvifolia. Yucca recurvifolia which grows in the dunes and sandy soils of South Atlantic and Gulf coastal plains in Mississippi and Georgia, can grow to be a shrub or small tree 6 to 10 feet tall and has a 2- to 3-foot-tall inflorescence bearing large white flowers in late spring. The ultimate size of Yucca Bright Star is not known.

Yucca Bright Star received US Plant Patent PP17,653 in April 2007 under the cultivar name 'Walbristar' and is being marketed in the U.S. by PlantHaven. The name Yucca was given to the genus by Linnaeus, perhaps by mistake, as it is the Latinized derivation of "yuca", the Caribbean name for Cassava (Manihot esculenta) an unrelated plant in the Euphorbia family that is native to the Caribbean area. Interestingly it was also Linnaeus who applied the name Manihot to Yuca. 

This information about Yucca Bright Star ['Walbristar'] PP17,653 displayed is based on research conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.