Spanish Dagger

Yucca treculeana

Don Quixote's Lace, Palma Pita, Spanish Bayonet

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.

Origins: Southwestern U.S. and Mexico


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.

The signature southwestern yucca: an emphatic focal point in any landscape.

Min. Height: 10'

Max Height: 15 feet'

Min. Width: 10'

Max Width: 15 feet'

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