Yucca flaccida
(Weak-Leaf Yucca)

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               Seedpod                                           Leaf                                            Stem                                        Seed                                          Habit

Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Weak-Leaf Yucca, Adam's Needle, Beargrass, Flaccid Leaf Yucca
    Synonyms: Yucca smalliana
    Lifespan: Perennial
    Zones: 5 - 10
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: June - July
    Status: Native

Yucca flaccida, or Weak-Leaf Yucca, is native to the southeastern US, but it also adventive in most of the rest of the northern half of the eastern half of the US. It is a perennial that grows in dryish, usually sandy soils, often found in open pine woods, along woodland edges, along roads and railroads. It blooms in mid summer with many white bell-shaped flowers.

Yucca flaccida is very similar to another species, Yucca filamentosa, but Yucca flaccida has leaves that are weak and flop over around the midpoint of the leaf, especially on the lower set of leaves. Notice in the photo below of the two species growing side by side, that Yucca flaccida, the leaves bend over, while in Yucca filamentosa, they stand up quite straight.

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