Yucca ‘Magenta Magic’

Seems like only yesterday we were all very excited about Yucca aloifolia ‘Blue Boy,’ with enticing photos whizzing by with some regularity on blogs and public garden websites. So much exciting potential for dry gardens!

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Yucca ‘Blue Boy’ at Cornerstone, Sonoma, Calif., 2013

In my garden, they never looked liked these photos taken in Sonoma, California in 2013. For me, the yucca snaked prostrate on the ground, slithering its ropy stems for several feet, to not much discernible effect. When surrounding plantings were revised, the yuccas were pulled. So long ‘Blue Boy.’

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Yucca ‘Blue Boy’ 2013, Sonoma Calif.
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Yucca ‘Magenta Magic’ planted 2021, Long Beach, Calif.

But that’s not the end of the story of the purply-leaved Yucca aloifolia in my garden. A sport of ‘Blue Boy’ was discovered by Briggs Nursery and named ‘Magenta Magic’ which has started to circulate in nurseries, reputed to be a dwarf form, estimated size about 2 feet. Already I can tell its leaves are slimmer, and I’m hoping they remain upright in a spiky spherical rosette. We ask so much of plants, don’t we? And it’s gratifying to know that nursery people are on our wavelength too, as far as what we’re looking for in garden plants. Onward with Yucca ‘Magenta Magic’! For zones 7ish to 9ish, native to southeast U.S.

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5 Responses to Yucca ‘Magenta Magic’

  1. Kris P says:

    It’s interesting that your ‘Blue Boy’ chose to go horizontal. Mine have generally remained upright and fairly short in stature, although I recently noticed that the tallest (3 feet) and oldest of mine seems to have recently produced 2 pups a few inches out from its base. The one I thought had died years ago also keeps reappearing even after I thought I’d dug it up. I’ll watch for further updates on ‘Magenta Magic’.

  2. Elaine says:

    Both are Blue Boy and Magenta Magic are gorgeous. Wish they were hardy here. I pat myself on the back that I have a solid green one and Yucca ‘Colour Guard’ that do fairly well in my garden though they don’t reach nearly the stature that they do in your climate.

  3. Gerhard Bock says:

    Thank you for this point. It confirms my own observations on ‘Blue Boy’. It’s gorgeous until it gets too big and falls victim to gravity. While creeping may be its nature, I don’t particularly like the way it looks.

    I’ve seen ‘Magenta Magic’ in nurseries but didn’t know anybody who’s actually planted it. Pleae keep us posted.

  4. Jeremy says:

    Especially striking with the move to gravel mulch–a really lovely contrast.

  5. ks says:

    My Blue Boys are both in large containers and very upright. One of them is getting quite top heavey so I will have to make a decision soon-having two makes it easier to discard one if need be.

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