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Yucca queretaroensis - Queretaro 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: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Summer
Height: 8-12 feet
Width: 3-4 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): No Irrigation required
Winter Hardiness: 10-15° F
Yucca queretaroensis - A single stemmed upright plant with heavy trunks to 12 feet tall with old leaves lying flat in a neat skirt. The tops of these trunks bear the bright green leaves that are extremely narrow, less than 1/8 inch wide, square in cross section, and 18-24 inch long that radiate outwards like a rounded head of hair. In habitat the flowers arise from amongst the leaves to 2 to 3 feet bearing white flowers but this plant has not be in cultivation long enough to know whether it will flower given garden conditions. This plant is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful of Yucca species. It was first described in 1989 in "Cactaceas y Suculentas Mexicanas" Vol. 34 (3) by Ignacio Piņa Lujan. It was described from plants from the Mexican state of Queretaro where it grows in small colonies on the steep slopes from 3,300 to 4,300 feet in the gorges along the Rio Extorax, a tributary of the Rio Moctezuma. It has since been also found in deep gorges northeast of Zimapan in the state of Hildalgo. This species belongs to the group of rupicolae that is most closely related to such familiar species as Yucca rostrata, Yucca glauca, Yucca rigida and the similar looking Yucca thompsoniana, which has wider flat leaves, and Yucca linearifolia from which it primarily differs in having a heavier trunk and square leaves in cross section (Y. linearifolia are about as wide but flat). We are fortunate to have seen Yucca queretaroensis in its native habitat in Queretaro and noted a fine large specimen in the Mexico City Botanic Garden. Our plants were grown from seed purchased from rarepalmseeds.com in 2009 and this seed produced plants with leaves of varying widths, which led many us to believe some was the result of hybridization with another species. We have a beautiful selected narrow leaf plant in a large container in the nursery but no longer grow this species, however we do grow the similar Yucca linearifoliaThis information is based on research conducted about this plant in our nursery library and from reliable online sources. We also take into consideration observations of it in our nursery of crops, as well as of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens we have visited. We will incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if it includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Yucca queretaroensis.
 
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