Yucca (Yucca spp.)

Yucca Description:

Habit: Shrub or small tree, fast growing, capable of doubling in size within a year. Can reach heights of 10-13 ft. tall.

Leaves: Sword-shaped and pointed, sharp brown tips, 30-90 cm. (1-3 ft.) long and covered in numerous tiny marginal teeth.

Flowers: Showy and white in color, 1-2 in. long and grow in prominent erect clusters.

Fruit and seeds: Fruit capsules are green to black in color, 3-4 in. long and somewhat leathery.

Habitat: Native to Mexico and southwestern United States. Grows well in arid environments including deserts, badlands, prairies, grassland, mountainous regions, woodland and coastal sands.

Reproduction:

Similar species: Can be confused with the similarly pronounced, but botanically unrelated, yuca, also known as Cassava (Manihot esculenta).

Credits: The information provided in this factsheet was gathered from Brandeis University's Practical Plants of New England.

Individual species images that appear with a number in a black box are courtesy of the Bugwood.org network (http://www.invasive.org).Individual photo author credits may not be included due to the small display size of the images and subsequent difficulty of reading the provided text. All other images appear courtesy of Google (http://images.google.com).


Common Name:

Yucca

Scientific Name:

Yucca spp.

Family:

Agavaceae
(Century-plant)

Duration:

Perennial

Habit:

Shrubs

USDA Symbol:

YUCCA