I put in 3 plants in mid January of this year. They've grown wider since but not appreciably taller. At maturity, they're said to get 1-2 feet (30-60 cm) tall and 3-5 feet (1-5 meters) wide.
|Yucca 'Bright Star' shortly after they were planted
|My 3 'Bright Stars' today
They've always shown some pink - more than I generally see in the plants for sale in the local nurseries and garden centers. However, the pink color is intensified now. Could this be a response to the cooler nighttime temperatures? Despite a few cool days, our daytime temperatures have been stuck in the upper 70s and low 80s (Fahrenheit).
|Photo from May 2014
|Photo from September 2014
|Close-up taken this morning
The history of this plant is interesting. It was discovered in the UK in 2000 by Albert Timothy Crowther on what was thought to be a Yucca gloriosa and was reproduced through tissue culture. Although initially sold as a variant of Yucca gloriosa, it's now thought to be related to Yucca recurvifolia, a native of the Southeast United States.
Whatever it's origin, it's perfect for my garden with its low water needs and ability to withstand high summer temperatures. The raccoons avoid it too, which is an added plus. According to San Marcos Growers, it's hardy to 0-10F (minus 12 to minus 17C).
Yucca 'Bright Star' is my current favorite and my contribution to Loree's favorites round-up at danger garden. Earlier favorites featured this month included 2 drought tolerant succulent selections: Echeveria cante (featured on November 20th) and Dyckia Marnier-Lapostellii (featured November 7th). You can see Loree's favorites wrap-up here.
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