|Latin name:||Yucca variegata|
|Common name:||Spinaless yucca|
|Minimal temperature:||2-4°C (35-39°F)|
|Optimal temperature:||24-26°C (75-78°F)|
sunny or penumbral
|Height:||200 cm (78 in.)|
|Repotting:||every 36 months (3 years)|
Grape Mealybug (Pseudococcus maritimus)
Falcifer ground mealybag (Rhizzoecus falcifera)
Black Root Rot (Thielaviopsis basicola)
Pytium blight (Helminthosporium, Pythium, Fusarium)
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When we are looking for a plant to use indoors one of the requirements is flexibility. There are quite a few plants that offer flexibility Rhapis Palms, Sansevieria, Aspidistra, Dracaena, Spathiphyllum and Yucca elephantipes.
The Yucca elephantipes is one of those indoor tropicals, that prefers high light. The plant will live in low light, but you'll need to make sure you apply proper watering and maintenance techniques.
The Yucca elephantipes is a member of the lily family and makes its home in Guatemala and southeast Mexico. As you may interpret from the southern Mexican home, the plant prefers sunshine and will do best in an east, west or south-facing window. In its native environment, spineless yucca eventually mature at 30 feet (9 m) tall.
Overwatering will show up as foliage collapse or cane rotting, especially at the soil line.
Yucca elephantipes is very similar in production to Dracaenas.
In the "wild" Yucca elephantipes comes robed with dark green leaves, indoors the foliage may have a light or pale green color.
The leaves are sword shaped and stiff and in lengths of 12 to 18 inches (30-45 cm) long and 1 inch to 1 1/4 inches (2,5-3 cm) wide.
Many indoor tropicals aren't real happy with big temperature changes. One of yucca's best features is its ability to handle variable temperature ranges. This makes the Yucca elephantipes an excellent choice for areas that can have a variety of temperature ranges. It is also a good selection for plant groupings with cactus or when you want to achieve that Southwestern look.
Another plus, is that it's relatively free from insects problems. This is one plant that spider mites don't like. At times you may find scale or mealybugs, but generally, the plants are insect free. When insects are detected, spray with an approved insecticide.