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Spanish Dagger
Scientific Name: Yucca gloriosa L.
Synonym: Yucca elephantipes
Family: Agavaceae
Spanish Dagger (Yucca  gloriosa) Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 7-9, 12-32
USDA: 9-10

Frost Tolerance: Hardy to 22°F (-6°C)

Sun Exposure: Full sun, tolerates light shade, avoid reflected sun in the hot southwest locations

Origin: Southeastern USA

Growth Habits: Up to 10 feet tall (3 m) or higher, 8 feet wide (2.4 m)

Watering Needs: Regular water

Propagation: Seeds, cuttings, divisions

The Spanish dagger is relatively common, and can be distinguished from the other common species Spanish bayonet by the fact that the leaf tips are soft, and won't penetrate the skin.
The species name "gloriosa" just means "glorious". You see... Another example of easy botanical Latin…

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