A garden oasis and cultural center overlooking the Hudson River

The Yucca Blooms!

Louis Bauer is Wave Hill’s Director of Horticulture.

Wave Hill’s Director of Horticulture Emeritus Marco Polo Stufano planted this Yucca rostrata, or beaked yucca, about 15 years ago. A native of New Mexico, it was positioned in the corner to the right of the entrance to Glyndor Gallery, where it has enjoyed protection from harsh weather ever since. The wisdom of that move has been evident this summer as we have watched it flower—for the first time! It started slowly, sometime in June.


in-flowerBy sometime in the first week of July, it had become an impressive, and impressively ponderous, spear. I estimate the flower to have weighed in the neighborhood of 25 pounds


Then the inevitable happened, and the plant lost its flower, thanks to the forces of gravity and a sudden gust. We removed it to the Perkins Visitor Center, propping it up in a large pot, just to give visitors, and gardeners, a chance to study this stupendous growth up close.


the-flower-2In fact, the yucca could flower again, but I am afraid it may be another 15 years before that happens.



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