Wednesday, August 3, 2011

yucca aloifolia

One of our most dramatic plants in our yard is the Yucca aloifolia
Common Names: Spanish bayonet, dagger plant

Our back yard is bursting with blooms after a week of rain, above is Spanish Bayonet/Yucca Plant. This blooms is 20 feet above my head

  We have one that was 5 feet taller than the roof of the house. When we planted the 2 plants, we did not know they would be so tall or that one becomes several and they need to be planted far away from foot traffic. To close to humans means lots of trim work.



WARNING
They don't call it Spanish bayonet for no reason! The tips of the leaves are pointed and sharp! Do not plant Spanish bayonet near walkways, patios or in areas frequented by children and pets. This plant can inflict painful puncture wounds even through heavy clothing!


What do you call a frog spy? A croak and dagger agent! YUCCA FLOWER FACTS

21 comments:

SquirrelQueen said...

Beautiful shots!
We don't see a lot of yucca plants around here and when I do see one it is very small compared to yours.

I can see why you wouldn't want this near walkways, those leaves look really sharp.

Lucy said...

You lucky guys getting that rain! We just get teased by it every night. Course I probably shouldn't say that to you since I saw on the news that you're going to be beseiged by a hurricane soon. :( Good luck with that!

Mama-Bug said...

They have such beautiful blooms! Never ceases to amaze me how tall they can grow.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Croak and Dagger agent, huh???? FUNNY....

Love your Yucca... I've seen some pretty large ones myself. AND--yes, they can wound you for sure!!!!

Hugs,
Betsy

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

Hi Sandra, I like your Yucca and didn't know they grew that tall or that the leaves were that lethal!
Send some of your rain our way, please! But not too much, the river is still high.

Remington said...

Very interesting! AND thanks for the smile!

Chatty Crone said...

Very pretty - I love those - you must have something blooming every day of the year.

Love the joke!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

It sounds dangerous,but looks lovely.Those flowers are very pretty.

EG Wow said...

Your photos of the yucca are excellent, Sandra! And I know from experience that the leaves are sharp!

Sharon Wagner said...

Great header! And it looks like you had some fun feeding flamingos over at Joan's blog.

Ginny said...

O.k., sis!! Of course I just finished taking pictures of a whole field of these!!! I like to do a post on them every year. Some of them were as tall as we are, but I didn't know they could get as tall as you say!!! Good grief! I have never seen any that tall, I wish I could!! I also don't remember about them stabbing, yikes! Your pictures are better than mine, you will see when I post. I didn't think to take any with those leaves up around the flowers, that makes a big difference and looks real pretty.

S. Etole said...

I learn something new when I come here.

George said...

I didn't realize that Yucca plants could be so dangerous. They are beautiful, though.

DawnTreader said...

I had no idea these could grow so big and I don't think I've ever seen the flower either. I've only seen it as an indoors pot plant.

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

Are these the same as what we call Yucca bushes? I assume so with the daggers. I did not know they had such pretty flowers....

Snapper II said...

Yiikeeees.
I probably would not survive a stroll through your back yard.
When I was a boy we had a kid in our neighborhood who fell off of a porch railing into a bunch of these plants. it was ugly.

Kilauea Poetry said...

I see you left up your beautiful passion flower header!! This is lovely..is there a fragrance or did I miss something? I know what you mean..after one season here, there are a whole different variety of blooms going off.

photowannabe said...

Beautiful and dangerous at the same time. I am amazed at how big they grow.
The blooms is so pretty though.

Ann said...

We had a yucca plant when I was growing up. I don't recall what the blooms looked like but I know it never grew that big. I had no idea they could get that tall

LC said...

A smaller version of the yucca fascinated me on visits to "Mother White" my cousin's grandmother. our mothers were sisters and their mother died before we were born, so I considered Mother White my relation, too. The beautiful but dangerous looking yucca was just one of the attractions.A barn that we could climb up in the loft and jump down into the corncrib appealed also. But I would never have guessed giany yucca existed until your post!

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

You have a good eye for taking photos and you are a scream, I have been reading some of your wittiness.