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An elegant favourite thought to be a form of Yucca gloriosa from the Carolinas and often wrongly named Yucca gloriosa. The outer, older leaves bend elegantly under their own weight forming a top like a smaller but butcher (more butch, that is) Cordyline. It forms a trunk and has all the normal pitfalls and benefits of all the yuccas but this plant is particularly easy to please – being happy in shade and quite wet clay soil. Removing old leaves is best done by tearing. This might require a pair of gloves and leaves a nice smooth trunk. Gertrude Jekyll was a prominent garden designer around the turn of the century working with the much younger architect Edwin Lutyens in his numerous Surrey houses and gardens. She is sometimes credited with inventing the herbaceous border but – rather surprisingly – she was devoted to using these same Yucca recurvas either end of her famous borders. We propagate these in our lab by micropropagation as seed is unavailable and division is too slow.
N.B. When clipping several plants with the same tool, have a bucket containing a 5% bleach solution and swish your blades around for 30 seconds between plants to sterilise them. This will help avoid the chance of cross contamination of disease.
As with all woody plants, plant high, exposing as much of the taper at the base of the trunk as possible. Allowing soil to accumulate round the base of a tree can be fatal. Keep very well watered when first planted.
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