Yucca aloifolia. SPANISH BAYONET. Southern United States, Mexico, West Indies
AGAVACEAE (Agave family)
Single-stemmed or branched, this yucca eventually reaches 10 feet in height; stems are more slender than those of other arborescent yuccas at Stanford. Leaves, 12 to 20 inches long with yellow margins, are arranged in a crowded spiral around the stem. Showy white blooms 4 inches across, some tinged red to purple, appear in dense erect clusters fall to winter. Look for this commonly cultivated yucca in the Arizona Garden and New Guinea Sculpture Garden. Superficially similar cabbage trees, Cordyline australis, grow near the corner of Santa Teresa and Lomita Dr. Examination reveals differences in bark and leaves and if in flower, the many small papery flowers of the cabbage tree are distinct from the larger waxy flowers of Spanish Bayonet and other yuccas.
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Name derivation, genus | species Haitian: yuca, or manihot, because young inflorescences sometimes roasted for food | aloe-like leavesRelated material: