Spanish Dagger

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Spanish Dagger

Yucca treculeana
Don Quixote’s Lace, Palma Pita, Spanish Bayonet
10

15 feet
10

15 feet
Southwestern U.S. and Mexico
  • Central Texas
  • Texas
  • Full Sun
  • Very Low
  • Evergreen
  • Flowering
  • Birds

About This Plant

The multi-trunked Spanish dagger is an evergreen tree yucca, with thick, stiff and sharply armed leaves. It’s adaptable, architectural, and nearly indestructible, with cream-colored flower clusters in spring. It makes an excellent choice where a barrier or a deer-proof shrub is needed, but give it plenty of room to prevent collision with passersby.

The skirts of dead leaves provide nesting sites for wrens, thrashers and other species. As with all yuccas, beware of over-watering and always provide good drainage. Although Spanish Dagger is a popular ornamental worldwide, it’s especially useful for an unirrigated area.

Maintenance

None required, except removal of dead leaves if desired. The dagger-like thorns can be clipped off at the leaf tips to avoid injury to pedestrians along pathways.

Features

Plant Type:
Agave/Yucca
Size:
10-15' H, 10-15' W
Sunlight Requirements:
Full Sun
Soil Types:
Sandy, Thin
Wildlife:
Birds, Pollinators
Flower Color:
White
Bloom Time:
February, March, April
Freeze Hardy:
Yes
Invasive:
No
Caution:
None
Coupon Eligible:

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