Yucca whipplei

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Mark McD
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Joined: 2009-12-14

Ever more impressive Tim!  Amazing how much it has grown in 5 days since your last photo.  Fun to also watch the flowering plants in the background, the blue Polygala patch is looking as bright as ever.

Hmmm, I think that I saw you identify the blue patch as a Polygala on SRGC?

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
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Weiser
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Joined: 2009-12-04

Tim wrote:

I wait with bated breath.

As do we all!!!

From the High Desert Steppe
of the Great Basin and the Eastern
Escarpment of the Sierra Nevada Range
Located in Reno/Sparks,NV  zone 6-7
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John P Weiser

Hoy
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Tim wrote:

A quick update on Yucca whipplei as of today. The flowering spike is now showing signs of the floral structure to come. Will it show any colour in the flowers? I wait with bated breath.

Tim, I bet you are! BTW for how long can you do that?

I hope you don't get the weather we have now - storm from north >:(  Some tall plants are broken, leaves and flowers are damaged in the strong wind.

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Weiser
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Tim!!! :-X  I'm dieing here I can't hold my breath much longer. Let us see the blossoms!

From the High Desert Steppe
of the Great Basin and the Eastern
Escarpment of the Sierra Nevada Range
Located in Reno/Sparks,NV  zone 6-7
http://www.flickr.com/photos/sierrarainshadow/
John P Weiser

DesertZone
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Joined: 2011-08-20

Any pics of ther blooms? :)

Dry garden, little irrigation, 9" precip

Shoshone Idaho USA. Zone 5b-6a

Hot and dry in the summer, cold and snow in the winter.

Tim Ingram
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Joined: 2011-04-27

Sorry all - I've been a bit overwhelmed taking pictures of the yucca every day that I haven't posted any to show how it's doing! This from a few days ago as the flowers are really beginning to open. In another week or ten days it should look really magnificent. I have a second plant in the sand bed behind it which is not flowering, but which actually has a much bigger rosette. If and when that flowers it should be even more amazing. This is obviously a plant you need to plant every year if you have space, to keep more regular flowering year by year. Are there any other yuccas at all comparable with this? It is more reminiscent of agaves and dasylirions.

Dr. Timothy John Ingram
Faversham, Kent, UK
I garden in a relatively hot and dry region (for the UK!), with an annual rainfall of around 25", winter lows of -10°C and summer highs of 30°C.
 

Weiser
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Joined: 2009-12-04

Impressive!!

The flowering stem is very stout. It looks a lot thicker than I see on my Y. elata.

Well done! 

From the High Desert Steppe
of the Great Basin and the Eastern
Escarpment of the Sierra Nevada Range
Located in Reno/Sparks,NV  zone 6-7
http://www.flickr.com/photos/sierrarainshadow/
John P Weiser

Hoy
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Tim, i think you have to use a ladder to admire the flowers! and the stem should support it ;)

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Tim Ingram
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Joined: 2011-04-27

I'm afraid I might fall off onto the rosette of leaves Trond! This picture was taken a day or twoo later with the lovely Lithodora x intermedia in the foreground. Behind the yucca is something even taller, a glaucous leaved form of Ferula communis, still a little off flowering. After particularly mild winters in the past we used to also have giant echiums (pininiana) flowering with the fennel - a sort of Brobdingnagian front garden!

Dr. Timothy John Ingram
Faversham, Kent, UK
I garden in a relatively hot and dry region (for the UK!), with an annual rainfall of around 25", winter lows of -10°C and summer highs of 30°C.
 

RickR
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Joined: 2009-09-21

Such an extraordinary specimen, that yucca! 

I had to look up that Echium pininiana...
What happens in a not so mild winter for you?  And does it ever die back completely to the ground?

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

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