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Yucca gloriosa (Moundlily yucca)
Cressler, Alan

Yucca gloriosa

Yucca gloriosa L.

Moundlily Yucca

Agavaceae (Century-Plant Family)


USDA Symbol: yugl2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), PR (I)

Evergreen shrub or in cultivation a small tree with stout, unbranched trunks, often clustered, and with bayonetlike leaves crowded and spreading at top.

Introduced into Europe around 1550 and one of the most common yuccas in cultivation. Varieties have leaves with yellow or white stripes. The common name apparently refers to its occurrence on sand mounds and to the lilylike flowers.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Fruit Type: Berry

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Sep , Oct , Nov


USA: AL , FL , GA , LA , MS , NC , SC
Native Distribution: NE. North Carolina to SE. Georgia and extreme NE. Florida, near sea level.
Native Habitat: Coastal sand dunes, beaches, and borders of brackish marshes. Rare and local.

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.


Bibref 1620 - Gardening with Native Plants of the South (Reprint Edition) (2009) Wasowski, S. with A. Wasowski

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Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2015-11-11
Research By: TWC Staff

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