by Crystal Cockman
April 10, 2017
You may have been out wandering along a streamside in the Uwharries and noticed a strange occurrence – yucca plants along a hillside or bluff – and assumed they were escaped from someone’s yard. In actuality, they are native and belong in that landscape, and are known by the scientific name of Yucca filamentosa. Although yuccas are more classically thought of as desert and grassland plants found in the west, there are some native yuccas in the East.
Yucca filamentosa is a species of flowering plant, shrub actually, native to the southeastern United States from Virginia south to Florida into Mississippi and Louisiana. They are most commonly seen in sandy soils, along beaches or dunes, but are also found on rocky slopes, which is where they are most commonly seen in the Uwharries. Common names include Adam’s needle, Spanish bayonet, and needle palm. [Read more…]