Craig Howe, Sierra Nevada foothills, Northern California, USDA zone 8.

Craig's beautiful Cactus and Yucca garden.
Photo by Craig Howe ©2000-2005

Craig's Garden:

Craig has been growing cacti for about more than 20 years. He grows around 25 different Yucca species, all planted out in the ground.  He has flowers in Yucca filamentosa ssp. smalliana,Yucca baccata, Yucca torreyi Yucca filamentosa and Yucca recurvifoliaevery year. Most of Craig's plants are grown from seed, in his area the Yucca seedlings needs to be protected against deer for the first year or two. After that they seem to leave them alone.

Yucca whipplei grown from seed collected near Santa Barbara California, growing in Craig Howe's garden.
Photo by Craig Howe ©2000-2005.

Yucca torreyi cultivated in Craig Howe's garden northern California.
Photo by Craig Howe ©2000-2005

Here is the list of Yuccas that Craig grows in his garden:

Yucca aloifolia
Yucca aloifolia forma variegata
Yucca arizonica
Yucca australis
Yucca baccata ssp. thornberi(
Yucca brevifolia
Yucca carnerosana
Yucca constricta
Yucca elata
Yucca elephantipes
Yucca faxoniana
Yucca filamentosa
Yucca filamentosa ssp. smalliana(?)
Yucca filifera
Yucca glauca
Yucca glauca ssp. stricta
Yucca glauca var. radiosa = Yucca elata
Yucca gloriosa
Yucca harrimaniae
Yucca linearis
Yucca mojavensis (baccata)
Yucca pallida
Yucca recurvifolia
Yucca reverchoni
Yucca rigida
Yucca rostrata
Yucca rupicola
Yucca schidigera
Yucca schottii
Yucca torreyi
Yucca treculeana
Yucca valida
Yucca whipplei
Yucca whipplei ssp. eremica
and 3 unidentified plants

Climate information for Sierra Nevada foothills, Northern California, 1600' altitude:

Average of -7 C (20F) as the yearly minimum temperature, but has got to -10 C (15F) about every third or fourth year.  The coldest it has been while Craig has lived here is -15C (6F) and that was the lowest recorded in 108 years!.
Summers are hot and dry, normally the area gets 20-25 days over 38C (100F), occasional can the temperature get above 43C (110F) . About 15 years ago he had 13 days straight over above 43C (110F)!
Yearly average of 1000 mm (40 inches) precipitation, mostly during the fall and the winter.
Average first freeze =  usually in Oct., but sometimes as late as Dec.
Average last freeze =  usually in early March, but sometimes in April

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