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Genus: Yucca

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Monocotyledons > Order: Asparagales > Family: Asparagaceae

Four species, all originating from the USA/Mexico are cultivated in southern Africa. This genus was previously placed in the family Agavaceae, which has been sunk under Asparagaceae.

Species cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Yucca aloifolia (Spanish bayonet)

Native to the USA, Mexico and the West Indies.


Yucca filamentosa (Spoonleaf yucca, Filament yucca)

Native to the eastern USA. See Wikipedia.


Yucca gloriosa (Moundily yucca, Spanish dagger)

Native to the southeastern USA. See Wikipedia.


Yucca guatemalensis

[= Yucca elephantipes]

Native to Mexico and Guatamala. See Wikipedia.




  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated plants of southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.