Hesperoyucca whipplei

Wildflowers Monocots Asparagales Agavaceae Hesperoyucca

Chaparral yucca, or our lord’s candle. This is the common yucca-like plant we see blooming on our hillsides from May to July. It is not a true Yucca because it flowers once and then dies.

It does not grow near the creeks, but once above the damper areas it may be found on almost all of our trails.

It starts blooming in about mid-May and is generally at its peak in June.

Close up of the flowers

A few weeks after the Jesusita fire it bloomed on burned out hillsides

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One Response to “Hesperoyucca whipplei”

  1. evolutionplantsman Says:

    I came across your blog while looking for photographs to illustrate a piece I am writing for my own website (www.evolution-plants.com, which is in development) on this species. I wonder whether I might have permission to use your images, obviously with full credit to you as the photographer and a link to your blog? You can email me at tom[AT]evolution-plants.com. Regards, Tom

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