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Blue Velvet Big Bend Yucca

Yucca rostrata 'Blue Velvet'

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Blue Velvet Big Bend Yucca (Yucca rostrata 'Blue Velvet') at Roger's Gardens

Blue Velvet Big Bend Yucca

Blue Velvet Big Bend Yucca

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Plant Height:  12 feet

Flower Height:  16 feet

Spread:  8 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  7a

Other Names:  Beaked Yucca


A succulent cactus-like shrub with beautiful gray-blue spear-like leaves radiating from an upright stem; tall spikes of nodding white flowers in spring on mature plants; once established, this variety is trunk forming; good for dry, alkaline sites

Ornamental Features

Blue Velvet Big Bend Yucca features bold spikes of white bell-shaped flowers rising above the foliage from late spring to early summer. It has attractive bluish-green foliage with hints of silvery blue. The sword-like leaves are highly ornamental and remain bluish-green throughout the winter.

Landscape Attributes

Blue Velvet Big Bend Yucca is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spiny

Blue Velvet Big Bend Yucca is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Blue Velvet Big Bend Yucca will grow to be about 12 feet tall at maturity extending to 16 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 8 feet. It has a low canopy, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for xeriscaping or the moisture-conserving landscape. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for alkaline soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selection of a native North American species.

Blue Velvet Big Bend Yucca makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Accent  Garden  Container 
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features