Yucca Nana

Zones: 4a to 7b

Height: 12″ tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5″ pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

This dwarf form of Yucca harrimaniae was given species status in 1998, although there is an ongoing taxonomic war over this plant. Yucca nana is endemic to a small area, around 6,000′ elevation, on the Utah/Colorado border, where it can be found growing on sandy/gravel slopes among tall scrubby pines. The compact deer-resistant plants, 1′ tall x 1′ wide, are composed of narrow green leaves covered in white filaments. When mature, the clumps are topped with 3′ flower spikes of white, bell-shaped flowers. This is a superb rock garden plant that deserves to be more widely grown.