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8ft yucca

Delboy1616Delboy1616 Posts: 5
edited May 2019 in Plants
My yucca has been in the ground for over 10 years now. This is only the second year that it has produced what look like a solid stem of seeds. Should I 1. Cut out the stems. 2. Just leave it alone. I have attached a couple of pictures to highlight what is happening. Any suggestions wold be very welcome.


  • LynLyn Posts: 21,893
    That’s it’s flowers. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,062
    edited May 2019
    That isn't a Yucca in any shape nor form ; it's Cordyline australis , the 'Cabbage Palm' (so-called and not a palm either) from the Antipodes .
    More closely related to Asparagus than the true palms .
    Flowering is normally awaited with a sense of high expectancy , only to be these somewhat dull spikes to be the crowning glory ; quite an anti-climax really .
  • Delboy1616Delboy1616 Posts: 5
    Many thanks everyone for the help with my not so yucca now cabbage palm. Well whatever its called I will let it carry on in it's own sweet way. BTW I have 3 of these in the garden and they are all thriving.
  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,062
    There are several cultivars available ; green , variegated and purple forms .
    The only one I grow is the variegated 'Torbay Dazzler' ; reached around 15' high before the ferocious blast of 2009/10 converted it overnight into a pile of mush .
    The roots survived though , and its eventually attained  respectable proportions yet again .
  • LynLyn Posts: 21,893
    Yuccas have a big thin flower spike, leave the flowers on your plant, unless you don’t like them, then you can cut them off.  Your plant, your choice. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • LG_LG_ Posts: 4,107
    They smell gorgeous though. And unlike PaulB3 I also think they look great.
    'If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.'
    - Cicero
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