Native plant: Hesperoyucca whipplei, planted in garden setting Native plant: Hesperoyucca whipplei, blooming stalk Native plant: Hesperoyucca whipplei, closeup of blooms

Hesperoyucca whipplei

This plant was previously known as Yucca whipplei. Its common names are "Our Lord's Candle," or "Chaparral Candle."

Native Location:

It is native up to 8,200 feet elevation in the Southern regions of California.

Plant Type:

Perennial until it blooms, then it dies.

Bloom Season:



This plant is extremely drought tolerant. It requires no supplemental water after being established.


Yucca grows about three feet tall and wide, with a bloom stalk from four to fourteen feet. It seldom grows this tall in garden settings, usually tops out at about eight feet.


Grows best in well-drained soil.


Plant dies back after bloom stalk dies. New plants grow freely from seed or offsets.

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