A rare Yucca from the cape region of Baja California Sur, where it is found mainly in dry deciduous forest but also reaching the oak forest at higher elevations of 1000 m or more. It looks similar to Yucca madrensis, but grows taller and has wider leaves. Yucca capensis forms a slender, initially solitary, upright or decumbent trunk to about 5 m tall, carrying a dense crown of stiff, comparatively narrow, yellowish-green leaves. The compact inflorescence holds white, bell-shaped flowers. Yucca capensis is best suited to warm temperate climates and will tolerate drought as well as moderate freezes.