Yucca gloriosa var. tristis

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Yucca gloriosa var. tristis
Yucca recurvifolia form.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Asparagaceae
Subfamily: Agavoideae
Genus: Yucca
Y. g. var. tristis
Trinomial name
Yucca gloriosa var. tristis

Yucca gloriosa var. tristis (syn. Yucca recurvifolia, Yucca gloriosa var. recurvifolia),[1] known as curve-leaf yucca,[2] curved-leaved Spanish-dagger[3] or pendulous yucca,[4] is a variety of Yucca gloriosa. It is often grown as an ornamental plant,[5][6] and is native to the southeastern United States, from coastal southeastern Virginia south through Florida and west to Texas.[7] In contrast to Y. gloriosa var. tristis, the leaves of Y. gloriosa var. gloriosa are hard stiff, erect and narrower.[citation needed]

Yucca gloriosa var. tristis is often found in sandy habits like coastal sand dunes and beach scrub along with species of Opuntia.[citation needed] Growing a trunk often 1.2 to 1.8 metres (4 to 6 feet) high, this yucca will often branch and sucker to form colonies in the area it is planted in. Cultivated in the warmer areas of Europe and the parts of Australia. In the United States a popular landscape plant in beach resort areas along the lower East Coast from coastal Maryland to Florida. It (or its cultivar(s)) is a recipient of the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit under the Yucca recurvifolia name.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Yucca recurvifolia", World Checklist of Selected Plant Families, The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, retrieved 2012-02-27, search for "Yucca recurvifolia"
  2. ^ Yucca recurvifolia at USDA Plants Database Profile
  3. ^ BSBI List 2007 (xls). Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-06-26. Retrieved 2014-10-17.
  4. ^ "Yucca recurvifolia at NC State University". Archived from the original on 2013-06-03. Retrieved 2007-03-26.
  5. ^ Wood, John (2006) [1884]. Hardy Perennials and Old Fashioned Flowers. Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation.
  6. ^ "Yucca recurvifolia at University of Arizona". Archived from the original on 2004-09-07. Retrieved 2007-03-26.
  7. ^ Irish, Gary & Mary (2000). Agaves, Yuccas, and Related Plants. ISBN 9780881924428.

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