# 1581. Yucca 'Elegantissima'
Photo by Benny Moeller Jensen Copyright © 2004-2005
Where did I get the plant from:
I have received the plant in 2001 from Patrik Flank in Sweden, whom bought it from a Swedish nursery.
Plant acaulescent with one or several rosettes, forming new rosettes from short rhizomes or inside the old rosette which have flowered. Leaves: dark green, up to 53 cm long, 20 to 24 mm wide around the middle, many curled fibers at the margin of the leaves. Inflorescence: glabrous, paniculate, 145 cm high, with a few short branches up to 10 to 13 cm long, the lowermost branches are held in an upright angle, while those further up are almost held in a right angle, bending slightly upwards. Scape: up to 85 cm cm held high above the leaves.
Flowers: star formed. Fruit apple-green, has a smooth surface, ? mm thick and ? mm long, and has a rounded (convex) back. Seeds: not known at the time of writing.
Where do I grow the plant:
In a raised well drained bed.
So far it has been very hardy, it does not show any damage after the winters.
This plant is one of Carl Sprenger's most famous hybrids. Yucca filamentosa media x Yucca gloriosa
In August 2004 I did cross pollinate the plant with pollen from one of my other Yuccas:
# 1581. Yucca 'Elegantissima' X #500 Yucca sp. Hybrid?
I also use the pollen to pollinated it with:
#500 Yucca sp. Hybrid? X # 1581. Yucca 'Elegantissima'
It will be very interesting to see the outcome of the new hybrids, but I do not expect flowers in the new hybrid until 2010 at the earliest!
More details of the Yucca hybrids made in 2003
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