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Oct 22, 2016 3:02 PM CST
Name: UrbanWild
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
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Would like to grow a couple of yucca for showiness as well as for yucca moths. I've seen smallish ones and some that are as big as large shrubs. Thoughts on species/varieties? Needs to be winter hardy.
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Oct 22, 2016 5:08 PM CST
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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The first one in the data base is yucca filamentosa, and is said to be good to zone 4a . I don't know whether it is one which attracts the yucca moth.
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Oct 22, 2016 6:28 PM CST
Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
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CarolineScott said: I don't know whether it is one which attracts the yucca moth.


All Yuccas attract Yucca Moths. Both are necessary for each others survival. Yuccas will not produce seed with out the moths and the moths only reproduce on Yucca.

@UrbanWild I'm not sure if different species of moth are attracted to certain Yucca or not, but I would suggest that you research what species of Yucca grow in your area and plant those. Since the species of Yucca native to your area are already attracting the moths in you area then they would be the best choice.
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Oct 22, 2016 9:23 PM CST
Name: UrbanWild
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
Kentucky - borderline of 6a & 6b
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Birds Vegetable Grower Spiders! Organic Gardener Native Plants and Wildflowers
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According to the BONAP atlas (http://bonap.net/NAPA/TaxonMap...) Y. flaccida is native to Kentucky. However, my copy of Jones' Flora of Kentucky shows it and [Y. filamentosa] are not natives but regular escapes here.
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Oct 23, 2016 6:59 AM CST
Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Region: Gulf Coast Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the first seed swap I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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Actually BONAP shows both Y. flaccida and Y. filamentosa as "adventive", not native but introduced from a nearby state. Even though they are not native to your state, they are growing wild their which means that Yucca Moths are using them are they would not be growing there. The moths may use any Yucca available, but since those two are what grows there (Y. flaccida seems to be the most abundant) they would be my first choice.
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Oct 26, 2016 8:52 AM CST
Name: UrbanWild
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
Kentucky - borderline of 6a & 6b
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Birds Vegetable Grower Spiders! Organic Gardener Native Plants and Wildflowers
Hummingbirder Frogs and Toads Dog Lover Critters Allowed Butterflies Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge)
Map for Y. flaccida shows most Kentucky counties dark green on the map. In the corresponding color key (http://www.bonap.org/MapKey.ht...), that would be native. Y. filamentosa map shows 108 out of 110 counties in dark green.

That said, I've been in all counties in KY and would be hard-pressed to remember a county in which I have not seen yucca growing either in cultivation or as an escape. Odd, since we have been trying to expand the few plants at my folks' house for 10+ years to no avail. BTW, I've never seen a yucca in bloom in KY which did not have yucca moths.
Always looking for interesting plants for pollinators and food! Bonus points for highly, and pleasantly scented plants.

"Si hortum in bibliotheca habes, nihil deerit." [“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”] -- Marcus Tullius Cicero in Ad Familiares IX, 4, to Varro. 46 BCE
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