Species

Yucca filamentosa

Common Name

Yucca

Habitat

Dry, sandy soils; sandhill, scrubby flatwoods; sand dunes in coastal regions

Flowering Time

April – May

Distribution

Yuccas are more typical of western deserts, however some are native to the east. This species is found only in the southeastern U.S.

Description

Yucca is a native Florida, evergreen perennial shrub. A 6-12 foot stalk grows above a leaf clump. The leaves are long and strap-like with curly threads at the margins. The grayish green leaves grow from a rosette at or near the ground. The bell-shaped flowers are a creamy white to pale yellow or green. The fruits are capsules that contain up 150 small black seeds.

Interesting Facts

Fibers of the yucca can be used to make rope, textiles, and paint brushes. The root can be beaten into a pulp and used for soap and shampoo.

The large petals of the flowers can be used in salads. Yucca fruit can be cooked and eaten after the seeds are removed.

Photos

GPS Coordinates

27.570105; – 81.505761

References

Diana L. Immel, Plant Description from USDA (pdf)
Heather Fara, UF Museum of Natural History (Floral Genome Project)
Plant Description from Floridata

Art by Mollie Doctrow