soapweed yucca Agavaceae Yucca
Leaf: Evergreen, flexible and narrowly strap-like, up to 2 1/2 feet long and 1/2 inch wide, yellow-green on both surfaces, the leaf margins fibrous and white, tips sharp pointed.
Flower: Bell-shaped, 1 1/2 inch long, purple to creamy white, nodding, in upright clusters that approach 4 feet tall, appearing late spring to early summer.
Fruit: Woody creamy white to brown capsules borne on the woody inflorescence, approximately 2 inches long, ripening in late summer.
Bark: Gray-brown, nostly covered with brown dead leaves.
Form: Dense, mounded clumps of leaves that reach 4 feet in height, but with upright inflorescences much taller.
Looks like: soaptree yucca - narrowleaf yucca
Additional Range Information: Yucca glauca is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting. Download the full-size PDF map.
External Links: USDAFS FEIS Silvics - USDA Plants Database
All material © 2021 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson; Silvics reprinted from Ag Handbook 654; range map source information