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Yucca constricta (Buckley yucca)
Marcus, Joseph A.

Yucca constricta

Yucca constricta Buckley

Buckley Yucca, Buckley's Yucca

Agavaceae (Century-Plant Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Occasional in brushy and open areas. Stem below the leaves often not present; when present more or less prostrate. Leaves stiff, sharp pointed, up to 2 feet long by 5/8 inch wide, with white fibers curling from their margins, clustered at the ends of stems or at the ground line. Flowers showy, greenish white, bell shaped, up to 2 inches long by 1 inch wide, borne in a large, branched cluster on a tall stalk, the stalk and flowers combined as much as 10 feet tall. Fruit a capsule up to 2 1/2 inches long by 1 1/2 inches wide, opening from the tip.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 5 feet tall in bloom.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Green
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul


Native Habitat: Open woodlands, Prairie, Plains, Meadows, Pastures, Savannas

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Cold Tolerant: yes
Soil Description: Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Clay Loam, Clay
Conditions Comments: Large cluster of white flowers held high above symmetrical clumping crown of narrow, graceful but thin leaves. Does not transplant well even in young stage. Best grown from seeds or container grown plants. Yuccas make a dramatic statement or accent in the landscape and they are water-wise. Plant is well drained soil and do not over water. Deer eat the flowers spike if they have the opportunity. Best bloom in full sun.


Use Ornamental: Showy, Blooms ornamental, Accent tree or shrub
Use Wildlife: Nectar-moths, Fruit-deer.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Interesting Foliage: yes
Attracts: Butterflies
Larval Host: Yucca giant skipper butterfly
Nectar Source: yes
Deer Resistant: High


Propagation Material: Seeds
Commercially Avail: yes

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Fredericksburg Nature Center - Fredericksburg, TX
Sibley Nature Center - Midland, TX
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Austin, TX
NPSOT - Fredericksburg Chapter - Fredericksburg, TX
NPSOT - Austin Chapter - Austin, TX
NPSOT - Williamson County Chapter - Georgetown, TX

Wildflower Center Seed Bank

LBJWC-MJM-1 Collected 0000-00-00 in Llano County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

1 collection(s) available in the Wildflower Center Seed Bank

Additional resources

USDA: Find Yucca constricta in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Yucca constricta in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Yucca constricta


Record Modified: 2007-08-31
Research By: GAP

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