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seeking a Yucca Elata from Appalachia

Posted by mountain_grown Z7 (My Page) on
Thu, Nov 26, 09 at 9:16

Can anyone direct me to a mail order source for this plant.
Its the state flower of New Mexico and is a desert yucca plant.
I live in Tennessee in a cold and wet winter climate due to elevation yet its the only desert yucca that can survive here.
A friend visited Albuquerque back in 02 or 03 and got me a 5 gallon potted plant. Today it has almost 4 feet of trunk and a beautiful full crown but I sold my home and moved and these cannot be relocated due to a long tap root Ive been told.
I miss that yucca and I hope someone might be able to help me find a replacement . Seeking a little southwest sunshine in my garden again.
A big Thanks from Tennessee Appalachia in Advance !

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RE: seeking a Yucca Elata from Appalachia

If you are the patient sort, try They have seeds for Y. elata. It is listed under their "other succulents" catagory There are half gallon Y. elatas at . has 5 and 7 gal. bare root Y. elata., but I don't know about these guys. I have never ordered from them. They look like a good place.

Here is a link that might be useful: Mesa Gardens

RE: seeking a Yucca Elata from Appalachia

Plants of the Southwest or High Country gardens should have this. Search on the web and good luck. They may have small plants or seed. A call to the cooperative extension office in Las Cruces at NMSU might lead to some sources.


Thanks for taking the time to give me a few places to check.
happy holidays you'all

RE: seeking a Yucca Elata from Appalachia

The key for this species is DEEP pots, minimal root disturbance and limiting soil moisture rot.

The plant above with white sand around it probably has a tap root 6 feet deep. I am not kidding. Good luck. I cannot grow these even here in central NM. Some around town are native and grow from seed. Most that are transplanted die, even here.

I hate to say it but this is a tough yucca for you in TN. Good luck, though.

RE: seeking a Yucca Elata from Appalachia

Yucca filamentosa L.
When I was growning up in TN and AL we erroneously called it "beargrass".
It resembles yours close enough for a rock garden, with prickly pear it might remind you of AZ...

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