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Yucca endlichiana - Patilla Yucca

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (Agaves)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Red
Bloomtime: Spring
Height: 1 foot
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): No Irrigation required
Winter Hardiness: <15 F
Yucca endlichiana (Patilla Yucca) - One of the most interesting and collectible members of the genus Yucca has upright stiff slightly recurved 1 foot long gray-green leaves that are half-round near the base to narrowly V-shaped above and marked with fine green longitudinal mottling with a red margin that has short thick recurving fibers near the sharp leaf tip. The leaves emerge stemless from thick rhizomes that eventually can form a large caudex. The flowers that arise in spring on a short inflorescence near the base of the plant appear at first dark red but open to reveal the white interiors. Plant in a well-drained soil in a hot full sun location. Hardy to at least 15 F and noted as tolerating temperatures as low as 5 F. in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This plant has a limited distribution in Mexico's Chihuahuan Desert on limestone soils from around 3,300 to 4,000 feet in elevation. Trelease noted that this plant was originally received from, and named for, Dr. R. Endlich, who stated that it was called "pi-tilla" and that it produced a better fiber than that of the common lechuguilla (Agave Lecheguilla). The first plant of this species we ever saw was a large specimen grown by succulent grower Alice Waidhofer at her Stockton, California home. Its caudex measured nearly 1 foot wide but its leaves were still only as long as the younger plants we are currently growing. Our current crop is from seed collected by Joseph Simcox at a location South of Hipolito, Coahuila, Mexico. The seed was germinated and grown on by Mountain States Wholesale Nursery. 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 description is based on our research and observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We will also incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information about this plant, in particular if this information is contrary to what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Yucca endlichiana.