While soapweed yucca is uncommon in Missouri, only found in the loess hills in the northwest corner of the state, it is encountered frequently in states to our west. It has a deep taproot that can reach 20 feet and lateral roots that can extend even farther. This makes it very tolerant of drought. The roots contain saponin glycosides and, when crushed, can be used to make a soapy lather. It is a hardy plant, usually evergreen, and worthy of use in native landscaping.
Uses: Drought tolerant, deer resistant, evergreen
Bloom time: May - June
Height: 36 to 48 inches
Space: 16 to 24 inches
Sun: Full sun
Moisture: Dry to average
Seed: Will benefit from at least 30 to 60 days of cold, moist stratification. Sow outdoors late November through January.
- 1,600 seeds per ounce
- 1 ounce covers up to 100 square feet