Hesperoyucca whipplei

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Common name: Our Lord’s Candle

Hesperoyucca whipplei was originally classified as a Yucca, but was separated out way back in the late 19th century. The common name for these plants is “Our Lord’s Candle” in reference to its plumes of white flowers, which are especially dramatic when lit by the rising or setting sun in their native Southern California and North West Mexico at altitudes of 2500 meters. Yucca whipplei forms a stunning, dense rosette of countless, narrow, silvery blue leaves but is 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 meters, after which the plant will die, but it’s worth it to see this beauty in flower.. A simply stunning plant and very cold hardy too.


  • Hardiness  H5: hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10), free draining soil is essential for this plant to do well.
  • Position/Aspect  Full sun to look its best but will tolerate partial shade.
  • Drought tolerance  Very good
  • Size Up to 60cm
  • Grown at the Kent nursery Yes!