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Yucca rupicola Scheele
Twistleaf yucca, Twisted-leaf yucca, Texas yucca
Synonyms: Yucca tortifolia
USDA Symbol: yuru
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Texas yucca or twisted-leaf yucca foliage stays under 2 ft. tall, is edged with white or red. New leaves are straight but become twisted with age. Flowering stalks often over 5 feet tall, bearing a cluster of bell-shaped, white flowers with petals up to 2 1/2 inches long and an inch wide, appearing from April to June. On shallow, stony soil in fields, among scattered trees, and on canyon ledges.
A single Texas yucca plant will begin as a solitary leaf head but will become an open clump of several leaf heads.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Green
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun
TX Native Distribution: Endemic
to the Edwards Plateau, TX Native Habitat:
Dry, rocky, open areas; limestone ledges. mic. On
limestone ledges and grass-covered plains of dense brush and open woodlands on the Edwards Plateau. Ende USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use:
Low Light Requirement:
Sun , Part Shade Soil Moisture:
Dry Cold Tolerant:
Rocky, limestone soils. Caliche type, Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Clay Loam, Clay Conditions Comments:
Twist-leaf yucca is great to plant in dry, shady spots and shaded rock gardens. The white bell-shaped blossoms atop solitary
flower spikes attract night-pollinating moths. The foliage is deer resistant, but they like to eat the blossoms.
Shortgrass meadow, Rock gardens Conspicuous Flowers:
Butterflies Larval Host:
Kendalls yucca skipper Nectar Source:
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Fredericksburg Nature Center
- Fredericksburg, TXLady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
- Austin, TXTexas Discovery Gardens
- Dallas, TXBrackenridge Field Laboratory
- Austin, TXPatsy Glenn Refuge
- Wimberley, TXNative Plant Society of Texas
- Fredericksburg, TXTexas Parks and Wildlife Department
- Austin, TXNPSOT - Fredericksburg Chapter
- Fredericksburg, TXNPSOT - Austin Chapter
- Austin, TXJacob's Well Natural Area
- Wimberley, TXNPSOT - Williamson County Chapter
- Georgetown, TX, TX
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-1103
Collected 2011-07-02 in Blanco County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
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Record Modified: 2013-05-07
Research By: LAL, GAP, JSC