Datilillo (Yucca valida)

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Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Plant Height: Up to 9-21 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Will Naturalize
Edible Parts: Fruit
Eating Methods: Cooked
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Pollinators: Moths and Butterflies
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots

In full sun

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Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on May 14, 2019 9:11 PM

Baja California endemic tree yucca (mostly from the central and southern Pacific side of the peninsula, and especially the Vizcaino Desert) up to 9-21 feet tall. May or may not branch, at the base or above. Leaves are green or yellow-green and have fibrous edges. Leaf tips are dangerously sharp. Creamy white flowers smell of dill and are held on erect inflorescences. Ripe (black) fruit was roasted and eaten by natives, buds eaten like bananas, roots used as soap (amole).

Can be resolved from Y. filifera (Chihuahuan Desert) based on the shape of the rosette (elongated heads rather than spherical ones) and the orientation of the inflorescence (upright rather than pendulous). It can be resolved from Y. brevifolia (Mojave Desert) based on the color of the leaves (dark green and not gray-green or blue-green). Replaced in the Cape region by Y. capensis, which has longer, greener, more pliable leaves.

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