banana yucca Agavaceae Yucca
|Leaf: Evergreen, stiff and sword-like, thick and fleshy, numerous at the ends of branches, 12 to 24 inches long, sharp pointed tip, edges fibrous, blue-green to yellow-green, with up-curled edges.
Flower: Very attractive, creamy white, bell-shaped, 6-petaled, up to 4 inches long, borne on a 3 foot tall upright woody inflorescence, appearing in late spring.
Fruit: Fleshy sweet edible capsules up to 10 inches long, green, indehiscent, bearing many tiny seeds, borne on a woody inflorescence.
Bark: Gray-brown, initially covered with brown dead leaves.
Form: Dense, mounded clumps of leaves that reach 6 feet in height (more commonly to 3 feet).
Looks like: Joshua tree
- soaptree yucca
- Mojave yucca
- Torrey's yucca
| Additional Range Information:
Yucca baccata is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting banana yucca.
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson