Our Lords Candle
Because of some unique characteristics, this plant is thought by some authors to be forming its own genus, Hesperoyucca. Indeed, it unites some features of Agave, Yucca and Hesperaloe and its flowers, though superficially much like those of other Yucca, are easily set apart on closer inspection. Yucca whipplei forms a stunning, dense rosette of countless, narrow, silvery blue leaves but remains trunkless. Once at flowering size, usually after 4 to 8 years, it spends all its resources to push out an enormous and magnificent inflorescence that can reach more than 5 m (16 ft.) tall. Once fruiting is completed, the plant slowly dies. Native to the mountains of Southern California and northwesternmost Mexico to a stunning 2400 m (7800 ft.), it is hardy to drought as well as severe freezes and does best in a sunny spot on well drained ground.