Yucca filamentosa
(Adam's Needle)

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Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Adam's Needle, Spanish Bayonet, Yucca, Needle Palm, Curly-leaf Yucca, Spoonleaf Yucca
    Synonyms: Yucca concava
    Lifespan: Perennial
    Zones: 4 - 10
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: June - July
    Status: Native

Yucca filamentosa, or Adam's Needle, is native only to the southeastern United States. It is a perennial that grows in prairies, fields, barrens, rocky slopes, as well as beaches and dunes. It blooms in early summer with white bell-shaped flowers.

Yucca filamentosa is very similar to another species, Yucca flaccida, but Yucca filamentosa has leaves that do not flop over, but instead stand straight up. Notice in the photo below of the two species growing side by side, that in Yucca flaccida, the leaves bend over, while in Yucca filamentosa, they stand up quite straight.

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