Cutflower Nomenclature

Scientific/Botanical Name:

Genus: Yucca

Specie: Y. gigantea


English Name:


Common Name:

spineless yucca, soft-tip yucca, blue-stem yucca, giant yucca and itabo.

Botanical Family:

Name in Latin: Asparagaceae

Name in English: Asparagus Family

The Plant

Origin: Native to Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico

Growth Habit: thick , single trunk or mulitrunked.

Flower: white flowers

Blooming Period: summer

Leaf: strap-like , spineless


One of the yucca’s best features is its ability to handle variable temperature ranges. With good air movement or circulation these plants can take temperatures in the 90s to a low in the upper 30s. This makes the spineless yucca an excellent choice for areas that can have a variety of temperature ranges such as a lobby or home entry. It is also a good selection for plant groupings with cactus or when you want to achieve that Southwestern look

Care and Handling

Soil: variety of soils and is drought-tolerant. Young plants used as house plants.

Amount of water: subject to root rot if overwatered.

Nutrition: fertilize, standard- twice during the growing season with a balanced fertilizer

Special handling: in winter , keep dry, only water enough to keep the leaves from wilting

Special feature/remarks:

It's flower (izote) is national flower of El Salvador