The Bright Star Yucca, otherwise known as the Yucca Gloriosa Var. Recurvifolia ‘Walbristar’ Plant Patent #17,653 or Zinnia ‘Double Zahara Cherry’, Double Zahara Series, is a rather well known annual plant by gardening enthusiasts around the world.
Best known for its low maintenance and moderate growth, this annual will likely liven up your house (or garden) with its chartreuse colored leaves. But, only if you learn how to take proper care of it for it to thrive.
Fortunately, this is exactly what we’ll cover in this Bright Star Yucca Care Guide. So let’s dive in.
The fundamental caring guidelines for every Bright Star Yucca can be summed up into the following:
- Water: The Bright Star Yucca needs at least weekly watering, or more in extreme heat, preferably with regular water.
- Light: Keep your Yucca Gloriosa Var. Recurvifolia ‘Walbristar’ Plant Patent #17,653 in an environment where it can receive full sun on a daily basis.
- Soil: Make sure to keep the Bright Star Yucca in soil with moist but well-draining to well draining properties, so ideally, one that is made of clay, loam, chalk, and sand.
That’s it – sunlight, water and soil! The basic 3 fundamentals for all plant care, and with the Bright Star Yucca this is no exception. With these three elements, your leafy friend will live healthy and happy.
Scientific / Botanical Aspects
In botanical terms, the Bright Star Yucca belongs to the Asteraceae family, the genus Zinnia and the species Marylandica, hence its scientific (or botanical) name Yucca Gloriosa Var. Recurvifolia ‘Walbristar’ Plant Patent #17,653 (YUK-uh glo-ree-OH-suh re-kurv-ih-FOH-lee-a).
As with other Zinnia’s, the Bright Star Yucca is an evergreen plant, which means it will be present year round in your garden.
The Bright Star Yucca is a plant native to the Mexico and southwestern USA.
Knowing your plant’s native region is very useful, as it can give you tips on which environment is best for your Bright Star Yucca. If you keep it in mind, you can try to replicate these conditions at home, and you’ll likely end with a healthier plant.
With this in mind, the Yucca Gloriosa Var. Recurvifolia ‘Walbristar’ Plant Patent #17,653 will be most used to the heat zones in the 1 – 12 region, as the plant hardiness level falls between 11b, 11a, 12a, 12b and the ideal climate zone is between 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2.
Growth and Size
In terms of size and growth, the Bright Star Yucca is a relatively moderate grower, which makes things somewhat easy for any plant enthusiast.
But what exactly does this mean for your Bright Star Yucca? How large a pot should you consider, how tall, how wide can it get? Let’s jump in…
The Yucca Gloriosa Var. Recurvifolia ‘Walbristar’ Plant Patent #17,653 can grow up to 1′ – 2′ (30cm – 60cm) in 1′ – 2′ (30cm – 60cm) and 1′ – 2′ (30cm – 60cm) in 1′ – 2′ (30cm – 60cm).
These dimensions make the Bright Star Yucca a relatively small annual compared to others, so it’s best to keep this fact in mind since it will affect where you want to keep yours at home.
This is why experts recommend keeping an area of approximately 8″ – 10″ (20cm – 25cm) free so the Bright Star Yucca can spread to its best extent.
In terms of watering, the Bright Star Yucca is a fairly simple plant to take care of.
This is mostly because it has a straightforward watering schedule and somewhat regular watering needs.
Specifically, most experts agree that the Yucca Gloriosa Var. Recurvifolia ‘Walbristar’ Plant Patent #17,653 needs at least weekly watering, or more in extreme heat, preferably with regular water.
Which is why it is considered a plant with relatively average needs in terms of water.
As a rule of thumb, you should remember to keep your Bright Star Yucca in soil with moist but well-draining to well draining characteristics, as these will guarantee the right conditions for your plant to grow and thrive.
When you consider this, this is why you should aim to choose soil that has good drainage, and moist properties to keep the right moisture levels at all times.
In our experience, the famous ‘thumb’ or ‘finger’ test is what works best for the Bright Star Yucca since with it, you will be able to give it the right amount of water, every time – regardless of the environment or placement where you do decide to keep it.
As mentioned earlier, the Bright Star Yucca prefers to have soil with good drainage, and moist properties at all times, reason why you need to make the soil mix out of clay, loam, chalk, and sand.
This is why most experts agree that the Bright Star Yucca requires soil with clay, high organic matter, loam (silt), and sand, which will give you the right conditions it needs.
In addition to this, expert gardeners recommend having preferably alkaline, acid or neutral soil.
Light and Exposure
In terms of light & exposure, the Bright Star Yucca requires full sun in order for it to thrive under the right conditions.
Most experts agree that this annual will do well as long as you keep it in full sun, and it will be able to grow properly.
Specifically, we recommend that you place your Yucca Gloriosa Var. Recurvifolia ‘Walbristar’ Plant Patent #17,653 in little to partial shade (only 2-6 hours of direct sunlight a day), to full and direct sun (more 6 hours of direct sunlight per day).
Being an evergreen plant, the Bright Star Yucca will be present year round in your garden.
But, you can expect it to have its ‘prime-time’ during the summer (early, mid, late), and during the fall.
You can expect your Bright Star Yucca to flower around the summer and in the fall months from July to September (summer), and from October to December (fall).
In particular, this annual is well known for its fragrant and showy flowers around the plant enthusiast community.
The Bright Star Yucca produces some beautiful white, or gold/yellow and orange flowers around this time of year.
The leaves from the Bright Star Yucca have a beautiful chartreuse color during most of the year.
You can expect the leaves from your Yucca Gloriosa Var. Recurvifolia ‘Walbristar’ Plant Patent #17,653 to be around (3-6 inches) in size.
Attracts, Tolerance and Resistance
The Bright Star Yucca is well known for being able to attract butterflies, birds and hummingbirds, so keep that in mind when choosing your plant, as you’ll likely end up finding one or another in your garden.
Additionally, it has a special tolerance for drought conditions, so don’t worry if any of these come along, your Yucca Gloriosa Var. Recurvifolia ‘Walbristar’ Plant Patent #17,653 will be fine.
Now, let’s talk garden and how your Bright Star Yucca will look best in it.
Most Yucca Gloriosa Var. Recurvifolia ‘Walbristar’ Plant Patent #17,653 owners agree that this annual will look great in most rustic, mediterranean and xeric gardens of all types.
Other owners consider that they complement well most gardens of cutting garden, prairie and meadow, city and courtyard, informal and cottage, and in traditional garden styles.
In particular, the Bright Star Yucca’s best location within your garden is in beds and borders, and in patio and containers, others use it for landscaping in a rock garden, poolside, mass planting, firescaping/fire wise, container, coastal exposure, border, or a specimen.
Bright Star Yucca’s do well with some other plants beside it. One good companion plant is the Sedum, which will pair up nicely with your leafy friend.
Others consider that a nice Achillea will work well too, so choose whichever you find works best for you!
And we’ve come to an end. Fortunately, that’s everything you need to know about your Bright Star Yucca to keep it safe and sound in your garden or home. Enjoy planting!