Yucca filamentosa L.

  • Authority

    Gleason, Henry A. & Cronquist, Arthur J. 1991. Manual of vascular plants of northeastern United States and adjacent Canada. lxxv + 910 pp.

  • Family


  • Scientific Name

    Yucca filamentosa L.

  • Description

    Species Description - Caudex short, to 3 or 4 dm; lvs numerous, stiff, linear- elliptic to linear-spatulate, to 8 dm, 2–7 cm wide, fibrous along the margins, abruptly prolonged into a short stout spine, ± scabrous; infl paniculate, many-fld, rising to 1–3 m, its base elevated well above the lvs; tep 5–7 × 2–3 cm, rounded above, short-acuminate; style nearly 1 cm; stigmas slender; fr thick- cylindric, 2–4 cm; seeds 6 mm. Sand-dunes and dry sandy soil, especially near the coast; Md. to Fla. and La.; often escaped from cult. farther n. June–Sept. (Y. concava; Y. smalliana)

  • Common Names

    Adam's needle