Yucca Cane (Yucca gigantea)

Yucca Cane Plant Features

An old-fashioned houseplant that's just as common now as it was a generation ago, yucca cane is wonderfully easy to grow and an excellent choice if you're just starting out with houseplants. It shows off clusters of rich green sword-like leaves on thick, woody trunks. The upright habit and spiky texture make it a fantastic complement to other traditional houseplants such as dieffenbachia and palms.

Over time, yucca cane develops into a bold tree that can reach several feet tall, making it a dramatic houseplant to add life and color to a blank wall, empty corners of a room, or act as a bold architectural accent. 

Note: You may also see this plant called Yucca guatemalensis or Yucca elephantipes.

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Yucca Cane Growing Instructions

Yucca cane prefers a spot with bright or medium light, but tolerates low-light conditions well. In low light, it grows more slowly and requires less frequent watering. Water yucca cane when the top inch or so of the soil starts to dry out. 

In extremely dry air, the leaf tips may turn brown; trim off the edges to keep the plant looking fresh. Prevent this if your home's air is dry by adding more moisture to the air with a small humidifier near the plant. 

Yucca cane does best when fertilized once or twice a year. The best time to fertilize is in spring and summer, when the days are longer and the plant is actively growing. You can fertilize more frequently if you wish; use a fertilizer formulated for use on houseplants and follow the instructions on the product packaging. Want your plant to grow faster? You can fertilize more frequently if you wish. 

Yucca cane is not intended for human or animal consumption. 
  • Water

    Medium water needs

  • Light

    Indoors: High light

    Indoors: Medium light

  • Colors


  • Special Features

    Purifies the air

    Super-easy to grow

Complement your Yucca Cane

Contrast yucca with the lush, tropical-looking leaves of monstera.

Palm, Houseplant
Yucca's spiky look makes it a perfect partner for houseplant palms.