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Products > Hesperoyucca whipplei ssp. eremica
Hesperoyucca whipplei ssp. eremica - Baja Yucca

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (now Asparagaceae)
Origin: Baja California (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Creamy White
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Synonyms: [Yucca whipplei]
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 3-4 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Hesperoyucca whipplei ssp. eremica (Baja Yucca) - This non-trunk-forming plant forms rosettes, either solitary or with age in small groups, with very stiff blue leaves noticeably striated that are 8 to 16 inches long by about 1 inch wide with a sharp tip and leaf margins that are rough to finely toothed and the underside of the leaf rough on the surface. When the plant is mature the bell-shaped white flowers are formed on stout vertical spikes 4 to 8 feet tall - after flowering this plant produces new rosettes from the base of the flowering plant, which differentiates this plant from some other Hesperoyucca whipplei subspecies. Other characteristics that distinguish this plant are its shorter, broader and stiffer leaves and thicker seed capsules. This plant comes from Baja California Norte, Mexico where it grows on flat terrain to steep ridges from 1,000 to 2,500 feet in elevation. The type locality SE of El Rosario. While some consider this plant variety or subspecies Hesperoyucca whipplei, we have seen reference of it also as a synonym for Yucca peninsularis. We are not absolutely certain that this is the correct name for this plant. We received the seed for this plant from Nick Wilkinson of Grow Nursery who told us that the seed came to him from a plant that had flowered in the Fresno garden of Mark Muradian, who had labled it as Yucca eremica. The only plant that has a name close to this is Hesperoyucca whippleyi ssp. eremica. The seedlings had leaves much thicker and shorter than other forms of Hesperoyucca that we grow, but this sort of matches the description for this species. Time will tell, but it sure is an interesting plant.  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 Hesperoyucca whipplei ssp. eremica.