Yucca harrimaniae ssp.  neomexicana

Yucca harrimaniae ssp.  neomexicana (Wooton & Standley) Hochstaetter, Cactaceae-Review IRT 1 (2):  21 (1998)

Yucca neomexicana (Wooton & Standley), Contrib. U.S. Natl. Herb. 16:115, (1913).

Type location:
0.5 miles North of Des Moines, Union Co., New Mexico.

South East Colorado, North East New Mexico, border area of North West Oklahoma/ New Mexico.

Short description of the species:
Plants Acaulescent, spreading via runners (rhizomes). Leaves pale green, linear-lanceolate, concavo-convex, 10 to 30 cm long, 0,7 to 2 cm wide, with white filiferous margin. Inflorescence 40 to 140 cm high, racemose or with short branches. Flowers bell-shaped white, sometimes the outer Tepals are violet to pink, about 4 cm long. Style short 0,6 to 1 cm long, swollen. Fruit cylindrical, standing upright, woody, 3 to 5 cm long, 2 cm thick, constricted, splitting wide open when the seeds are ripe. Seeds black, has a rugged surface, the seeds remains viable for years. Flowering time May to July in nature.

Yucca harrimaniae ssp. neomexicana has normally a longer flower stalk than Yucca harrimaniae ssp. harrimaniae with the flowers held above the leaves. The tepals are normally white, while they are yellow to greenish-yellow or even brownish in Yucca harrimaniae ssp. harrimaniae). Like ssp. sterilis does it spread with rhizomes.

I haven't had much experience with this species yet, but I have grown the species that it grows with in habitat: Cylindropuntia arborescens var. imbricata, Echinocereus reichenbachii, Echinocereus viridiflorus. All those species can be grown in an unheated greenhouse and/or in a protected bed here in Denmark.

Related species:
Yucca harrimaniae
Yucca harrimaniae ssp. gilbertiana
Yucca harrimaniae ssp. sterilis
Yucca nana


I do not have any pictures of this species in bloom or in habitat, if you have a photo that I may use please let me know
Yucca harrimaniae var. neomexicana
Grown in Alexander Heim's garden in Greece. Copyright 2007 Alexander Heim.
Yucca harrimaniae var. neomexicana
Grown in Alexander Heim's garden in Greece. Copyright 2007 Alexander Heim.

HOCHSTAETTER, Cactaceae-Review IRT 1 (2):  21 (1998) (Yucca harrimaniae ssp. neomexicana)
HOCHSTAETTER, F; (2000), YUCCA (vol. I): 32-33 (Yucca harrimaniae ssp. harrimaniae)
REVEAL, Intermountain Flora 6: 530-532 (1977)  (Yucca harrimaniae var. neomexicana)
WOOTON & STANDLEY, Contrib. U. S. Nat. Herb. 16: 115 (1913) (Yucca neomexicana)

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