Yucca filamentosa

Adam's needle, beargrass

Agavaceae

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Plant Specifics

Form: shrub
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 3-8 (12) ft    Width: 3-4 ft
Flower Color: flower color      white
Fruit Color: fruit color      green
Phenology: evergreen
Noted for: Showy flowers, interesting foliage

Landscaping

Recommended Uses: Specimen plant. Low hedge.
Considerations: The leaves have hard, sharp points.
Propagation: Seed or cuttings.
Availability: Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales, Seed
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
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Salt Tolerance: Highly salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand

Ecology

Wildlife:
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Provides food and cover for wildlife. Larval host plant for cofaqui giant skipper (Megathymus cofaqui) and yucca giant skipper (Megathymus yuccae) butterflies.
Native Habitats: Dry sites. Scrub, scrubby flatwoods.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range

USDA Zones:

Map is based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:
   8A,8B,9A,9B,10A,10B

Other

Ethnobotany: Yucca fruit can be cooked and eaten after the seeds are removed; the large petals are used in salads. Fibrous leaves were pulled apart and used for making rope or twine.
Other Comments: Leaves have sharp spiny tips.