The 40 or so species of unusual evergreen shrubs and trees in this
genus are found in drier regions of North America.
Often slow growing, they form rosettes of stiff, sword-like leaves
usually tipped with a formidable spine; as the plants mature some
species develop an upright woody trunk, often branched, which are
much admired for their strong dramatic shapes.
Yuccas bear showy, tall panicles of drooping, white or off-white,
bell- to cup-shaped flowers.
The fruits are either fleshy or dry capsules, but in most species
are rarely seen away from the plants native lands as the flowers
must be pollinated by the yucca moth.
Flowering colors: Brown, Cream, Green, Purple, Red, White
Cultivation: Yuccas do best in areas of low humidity; they prefer
full sun and sandy soil with good drainage.