Growing Yuca Vines – How To Care For Yellow Morning Glory Yuca

Growing Yuca Vines – How To Care For Yellow Morning Glory Yuca

By: Tonya Barnett, (Author of FRESHCUTKY)

The introduction of flowervines in the landscape can be an easy way to add dynamic height andinterest to the home flower garden. Attractive vining flowers draw pollinatorswith ease, not to mention add an extra element of privacy to small urban yardspaces. Choosing the right vine for the flower garden can be challenging,though.

Growers who experience extended periods of high temperaturesand drought throughout the growing season may find the task of choosing vineseven more difficult. However, one type of vine – the yellow morning glory yuca –is able to thrive under adverse garden conditions with relative ease.

Yuca Vine Information

While commonly referred to as yellow morning glory yuca (Merremia aurea), it is actually not a type of morning glory at all, though it is in the same family. These drought tolerant vines are native to Mexico and portions of California. While evergreen in some climates, yuca vines are also grown as an annual flower. Resembling that of morning glories, hence the name, their delicate yellow flowers bloom in even the hottest regions.

Wait, so why are they called “yuca” vines? Ah, yes! Aren’t common names great? Not to be confused with the ornamental yucca commonly grown in landscapes or the yuca (cassava) grown for its starchy roots, this Merremia plant may have derived the “yuca” moniker from its past use similar to that of the yuca. Native inhabitants of the region were thought to have used the fleshy roots much like potatoes (though this isn’t recommended unless you know it’s safe to do so).

Yuca Vine Care

Gardeners can begin growing yuca vines in a couple ways. Often,the vine can be found as transplants at local garden centers or plantnurseries. However, those outside of typical growing zones for the plant mayhave great difficulty finding it. Though seeds are available online, it will beimportant to order only from reputable sources to ensure viability.

Yuca vines are well suited to a desertgrowing environment. This makes them an ideal option for xeriscapeand waterwise landscaping. Planting soil should demonstrate exceptionaldrainage in order to achieve the best results. Those with heavy or clay soilsmay find the health of their yuca vines decline quickly.

After planting, these drought tolerant vines require littlecare. It will be necessary to construct a garden trellis or net in which theplants will be able to climb. Since yellow morning glory yuca are twiningvines, they will be unable to climb surfaces without the help of support.

Growing yuca vines in a location which receives full sun isideal. However, the vines may lose some leaves when exposed to excessive heat.To remedy this, choose a flower bed that allows for partial shade during thehottest hours of the day. While intense heat may cause some vine leaf drop,yuca vines will likely recover once the temperatures begin to cool.

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Living in an area where drought is a constant problem can make gardening difficult. Like all living things, flowers need water to grow and thrive. That being said, there are some types of perennial flowers that need much less water than others. These 31 drought tolerant perennial flowers can be just as beautiful and pleasing to grow, but won’t strain your water use.

Drought-tolerant flowering perennials make landscaping (and xeriscaping) much easier and enjoyable if you live in an arid, dry climate where water comes at a premium. They’re also low-maintenance in comparison to their thirsty counterparts!

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Range from zones 5 to 11, depending on type.


Varies by type. Smaller varieties can be 2 to 4 feet tall and wide, and larger tree types can reach 30 feet tall and spread to 25 feet wide with offsets. If offsets are allowed to remain, clumps can grow to be many times the size of the individual plant.


Full sun. A lack of sunlight can cause spindly foliage growth and decreased flowering.

Bloom time:

Varies by type some will begin blooming in spring and others mid-to-late summer. Most varieties will bloom annually throughout their life — these are called polycarpic perennials. There are also monocarpic varieties, like Hesperoyucca whipplei (syn. Yucca whipplei), that flower only once then slowly decline and die, similar to many of their close relatives, Agave spp..

Color and characteristics:

Leaves can be thick or thin usually long and narrow, sword-shaped, spine-tipped and arranged in rosettes. Foliage on some can be razor sharp. Flowers bloom on large stalks that emerge from the center of the plant, some over 10 feet tall. Flowers are usually white or cream, and some varieties may have a hint of pink, purple or green.


The sharp and spiny nature of some yuccas is usually enough to steer animals (and people) away. However, if they are ingested, they can be moderately toxic to cats, dogs, and humans.

Yucca vs. yuca:

Yuccas are no relation to yucas (one ‘c’), although they are quite often, understandably, confused. Yuca, also commonly known as Cassava, is a plant with edible, starchy tubers/roots that tapioca and cassava flour are made from. The roots of the yucca plant are not edible.

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22 comments on “How to Grow Coral Vine: Growing Queen’s Wreath”

Can you please tell me how to propagate from cuttings? Thanks!

Sure. While the plant is actively growing, cut a 6-8 inch piece off and strip all but top leaves. Place in water until roots form and then plant. You can also use rooting hormone and place stripped cutting in vermiculite or other growing medium, and keep moist until roots form.

Wonderful information Angela! I need to find a place for this in my garden!

Glad it was helpful. I’ve loved having it in my garden.

My Queen’s wreath is going bonkers. If I trim it back I am cutting off all of the flowers. Is it still a good idea to trim it back. Phoenix,Az

You can keep it trimmed back. I would stop trimming it back in August or September so it can bloom. When you trim cut individual stems back rather than shearing it. Best of luck.

You may want to your local nursery for plants.

I have germinated seeds on moist paper towels and transplanted seedlings to individual cups. They are growing true leaves. How do I harden off and when do I plant in the ground? Thanks for the info on this beautiful vine!

I would transplant to a larger pot and let them get a nice root system going. If you live here in the low desert I would wait to plant – the middle of the summer is a tough time to get a plant established. Once monsoon moisture comes and the plant is larger I would plant 1-2 out. If you can, save a couple of seedlings to plant in the fall as well, just in case it’s too hot. Best of luck. Keep me posted, I’d love to hear how it goes.

Hello Angela,
Thank you for wonderful blog for Az people. The heat kills almost everything in months of June-September.
I have 3 queen’s wreath, 2 in tall planters for them to cover 25foot trellis. The sun hits directly. The wines are not growing and almost looks burnt out. – 5 months old.
The one in ground, not in harsh sun has grown a lot in 2 years. Should I transplant this one in one of the pots? Do you think will eat survive the heat? Is transplanting tolerated by Queens wreaths.
I am eager as I love this wine and we really need shade to cover the trellis.
Thanks much.
-Chandler, Az

Tall pots in full sun may not be a good choice for the coral vine. Containers heat up and dry out more quickly. I definitely wouldn’t transplant any of them right now (in the summer) if you want to transplant the one in ground, wait until it dies back and goes dormant and then transplant in early spring. Make sure the containers are wide as well as tall (the larger the better) and fill with good quality potting soil.

Such a beautiful plant! Going to try my hand with this one. Would it be okay to grow over a wooden fence or would it be too heavy? I have trumpet vines and climbing ivy, but the way those climb is pretty damaging so this coral vine may be better and its so beautiful!

It wouldn’t be too heavy. Remember to cut it back each spring.

Hey! Thanks for the detailed info. I bought a small plant from a local nursery and forgot to water it for 2 days and found all of its leaves dried up third day. Can I revive it now?

It’s worth a try. They are pretty hardy.

My Coral Vines is huge but it has not bloomed in five years. I keep hoping but year after year there are no blooms. Any suggestions?

Does it get enough sun? Coral vine seems to do best with plenty of sun. I would make sure it isn’t over watered or fertilized too. Mine is grown in native soil with no fertilizer.

I have a plant that is thriving and last year I cut it back in Feb to about 3 ft in height. It grew back just fine up and over the trellis. It is done flowering so is it ok to cut it back now?

It’s safest to wait until after danger of frost is past to cut it back, but I typically cut mine back once it’s done flowering too. It has still come back each year.

I am in Phoenix and just found your YouTube videos – thanks so much for being THE resource for backyard gardeners in the valley. Just curious of your favorite valley nurseries – I am partial to Summer Winds, but curious if you have other suggestions.

I do love Summer Winds. I also like A&P nursery here in the East Valley. Arcadia Color Garden has been good, but I hear they have been purchased so we will see how that goes. Thanks so much for your support.

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