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Native Plant Society of Texas

Buckley’s Yucca

Yucca constricta

Other common name(s):

Buckley Yucca

Family:

Asparagaceae (Asparagus Family)

Plant Ecoregion Distribution Map

Edwards Plateau, Gulf Coast Prairies and Marshes, Southern Texas Plains
Balcones Canyonlands, Edwards Plateau Woodland, Llano Uplift, Semiarid Edwards Plateau
Coastal Sand Plain, Lower Rio Grande Alluvial Floodplain, Lower Rio Grande Valley, Southern Subhumid Gulf Coastal Prairies
Northern Nueces Alluvial Plains, Rio Grande Floodplain and Terraces, Semiarid Edwards Bajada, Texas-Tamaulipan Thornscrub

Plant Characteristics

Growth Form

Cactus & Succulent

Height

3
to
5
ft.

Spread

3
to
5
ft.

Leaf Retention

Evergreen

Lifespan

Perennial

Habitat and Care Requirements

Soil Type(s)

Sand, Dry

Light Requirement

Sun

Water Requirement

Low

Native Habitat

Grassland, Woodland

Bloom and Attraction

Bloom Color

White, Green

Bloom Season

Spring, Summer

Seasonal Interest

Fruit, Nectar, Larval Host

Wildlife Benefit

Butterflies, Deer, Hummingbirds, Moths

Maintenance

Remove old bloom stalks at base

Comments

Drought- and cold-tolerant accent plant; long, narrow leaves; greenish-white, bell-shaped flowers on dramatic flower stalk in early summer; deer will eat flower stalks. Common in Llano Uplift. Larval Host: Yucca giant skipper butterfly

References

1) Griffith, Bryce, Omernick & Rodgers (2007). Ecoregions of Texas. 2) Miller, George O., Landscaping with Native Plants of Texas 2nd Ed., 2013, pg 48. 3) https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=YUCO. 4) https://portal.torcherbaria.org/portal/taxa/index.php?taxon=Yucca+constricta&formsubmit=Search+Terms. 5) http://bonap.net/TDC/Image/Map?taxonType=Species&taxonId=254&locationType=County&mapType=Normal, 6) https://www.itis.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt?search_topic=TSN&search_value=43138#null
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