Yucca rostrata also called beaked yucca, is a tree-like plant belonging to the genus Yucca. The species is native to Texas USA, and Chihuahua and Coahuila ,Mexico. It has a trunk up to 4.5 meters tall, with a crown of blue leaves at the top. Leaves are thin, stiff, up to 60 cm long but rarely more than 15 mm wide, tapering to a sharp point at the tip. The flower is a large impressive panicle of white flowers.
It has stormed its way into cultivation , proving to be an enormously tolerant and versatile plant. It tolerates sun, drought, and plentiful rainfall given good drainage. It is extremely hardy with hardiness down to -20C .
It is suited to pot culture where it grows slowly but steadily , but will grow rapidly if planted in the ground in a nice sunny sheltered and well drained spot in the garden.
There is now both Mexican imported plants and Spanish seed grown plants available on the market. Mexican bare root imports provide very cheap large plants , but these have to be re-rooted and are more vulnerable to fungal attack where the feet have been damaged during the transplant.
Spanish seed grown plants are more expensive , but they are much more reliable and ready for planting.