Yucca Glauca (Soapweed Yucca, Narrowleaf Yucca, Spanish Bayonet, or Beargrass)


Soapweed yucca is an evergreen shrub that grows up to three feet high. In June, mature yucca plants shoot up a 2 to 5-foot tall stalk which soon displays creamy-white flowers. Their natural habitat is dry rocky soils and often found in short grass prairies and desert grasslands. If you’ve ever done any wondering in the Great Plains, you have surely stumbled upon this distinct member of the Agave family.

These drought-tolerant rock stars have adapted to xeric growth conditions and thrive in arid climates due to their robust root system. Their tap roots can reach 20 feet deep and they also establish an extensive system of lateral roots that can extend up to 30 feet.

Also called Narrowleaf Yucca, Spanish Bayonet, and Beargrass, this Yucca variety is an important plant for wildlife. It provides food and nesting for small mammals, birds, and reptiles. The flowers attract butterflies. Also, it is a host plant for the Yucca Moth. This moth and the Yucca go hand-in-hand because neither one can live without the other.

However, what these plants are truly known for are their medicinal and utilitarian uses. The most common is soap, as the name suggests. Just crush up some of its root and add a bit of water and voila, a lather will appear that makes a good soap or shampoo. Some even claim this shampoo kills lice, eliminates dandruff, and prevents baldness. Some even use this “soap” on poison ivy to help soothe the sting. Additionally, the roots can be pulverized and stewed in water to help with upset stomachs or in a bath to help with sprains. Or, you can bring out your creative side by weaving the dried leaves into a basket of fancy footwear.

Now, we can’t guarantee you will have a full head of lice-free hair, but we can guarantee you’ll love this tolerant and classic flowering plant.

Fun Fact: This plant is the New Mexico State flower.


Colorado Hardy Plants are just that… hardy! We have sought out plant varieties that provide low maintenance, use little or no water once established, and are simply hardy enough to grow where others don’t.

We grow and ship our plants in 5″ or quart-size (in certain varieties) plastic containers. Knowing that the root system is the most important part of the plant we guarantee. our plants to have a large root system that fills the container.

CHP is a small family operation! We propagate, pot, water, prune, and personally package the pants you order from us. Most of our plants are grown from cuttings taken from the plants or seeds collected nearby the nursery at an elevation of 6300 ft. Our weather is extreme with temps below 0 are common in the winter and intense sunlight all summer long. We don’t grow plants in heated greenhouses, they have to be able to survive the elements!

Please note that deciduous plants ordered in the winter months and early spring will have been pruned a minimum of 30% compared to photos and may have no leaves

Our nursery is also licensed and inspected by the Colorado Department of Agriculture, Nursery Division and holds a current Japanese Beetle Certificate. We only ship USPS Priority Mail, so your plants are sure to arrive quickly. You’ll note in our feedback that our shipping process is a sight to behold. We love our customers so please don’t hesitate to reach out.

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