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Our Lord's candle (Hesperoyucca whipplei)

Our Lord's candle (Hesperoyucca whipplei)

Hesperoyucca whipplei

Our Lord's candle, Spanish dagger

Hesperoyucca whipplei (Yucca whipplei) is a dramatic, but dangerous addition to the dry garden.  It forms a rosette of silvery-gray foliage aout 3-4' across and tall, but watch out for the sharp-tipped leaves!  This is not a plant for homes with young children, nor is it particularly pet-friendly.  It does make a good burglar deterrent though!

Hesperoyucca whipplei (Yucca whipplei) is a dramatic, but dangerous addition to the dry garden.  It forms an eye-catching rosette of silvery-gray foliage aout 3-4' across and tall, but watch out for the sharp-tipped leaves!  This is not a plant for homes with young children, nor is it particularly pet-friendly.  It does make a good burglar deterrent though!

Our Lord's candle can take anywhere from three to fifteen years or more to flower; typically the older the plant, the more spectacular the flower.  Young plants produce flowering stalks that are around 6' tall while the spikes of older plants may reach heights of 15-20'.  When the plant eventually blooms, it's really dramatic!   Masses of creamy-white, bell-shaped flowers bloom along the stem and are particularly striking at night in the moonlight. 

Plant in full sun or light shade.  Make sure to plan for the mature size of the plant and don't plant it to close to any paths or walkways.  Remove any problem weeds before planting because the sharp leaf tips will make it almost impossible to do any weeding close to the plant once it's begun to grow.  Adding a deep (3-4") of gravel mulch around the

 



Additional:

Family: Agavaceae

Native to California where its natural habitat and range are slopes in chaparral and coastal scrub below 8,000 feet in southern Sierra Nevada and South Coast Ranges from Monterey and San Benito Counties south to northwestern Baja California.


Height:

3 Feet

Spread:

3-8 Feet

Spacing:

4-6 Feet

Hesperoyucca whipplei Characteristics

Attributes

  • Wind resistant
  • Salt Tolerant
  • California native
  • Evergreen

Flower color

  • White / Cream / Ivory

Foliage color

  • Silver, White, Grey

Growth habit (plant shape)

  • Arching

Exposure

  • Sunny all day - Coast
  • Light or dappled shade
  • Morning sun

Season of interest (foliage)

  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Winter
  • Summer

Critter resistance

  • Deer resistant
  • Rabbit resistant

Suggested uses

  • Hedge or screen
  • Container
  • Firescaping

Plants that work well with Hesperoyucca whipplei

California buckwheat California buckwheat (Eriogonum fasiculatum var. fasiculatum)
Red Texas yucca Red Texas yucca (Hesperaloe parviflora)
Shasta sulfur buckwheat Shasta sulfur buckwheat (Eriogonum umbellatum var. polyanthum 'Shasta Sulfur')
Britton's dudleya Britton's dudleya (Dudleya brittonii)
Silver Select California fuchsia Silver Select California fuchsia (Epilobium 'Silver Select')
Island bush poppy Island bush poppy (Dendromecon harfordii)