8 responses to “Yucca brevifolia”

  1. J

    WOW. I *never* get tired of those IR shots!
    Time to dig out that classic U2 album!

  2. Carole Miller

    How lovely. Now I shall go and read about these plants. I just enjoy this web site so much. Thank you.

  3. elizabeth a airhart

    i live in florida and had something
    they call yuccas i used as a fence
    the blossoms are much the same
    grew quite tall an off shoot perhaps
    interesting as always thank you

  4. Jeff B at Home

    What is that white gunk all over the upper set of flowers in the lower pictures? I’ve seen quite a few Joshua Tree flowers now but I have never seen that white stuff. Is it some sort of mold attacking the flowers?
    RSVP, thanks.

  5. Ron B

    Are there any of these at UBC? I think I see them in some Seattle locations. It didn’t really sink in until recently that they were probably this species – short leaves at the tops of trunks – although the dead leaves don’t seem to persist and coat the stems for years. But that may not be a disqualifier, people may be cleaning them off or it may not be a consistent characteristic.

  6. Andrea

    Ron, it’s been a while since you posted your comment, but I’ll answer anyway: what you see is probably New Zealand cabbage (tree)/false dracaena, Cordyline australis. I’t commonly planted and much more cold-hardy and persistent in the PNW.

  7. Ian Barclay

    Ron, I’d love you know where you have seen these in Seattle. I found a small one in Bremerton. I’ve never seen any local nurseries carrying them, though.

  8. Ron B

    No, I wasn’t talking about Cordyline australis – I am quite familiar with that. It is very common here, despite not being cold-hardy and persistent – except when coming back from the roots.
    Or growing in a spot that lets it think it’s in USDA 9.

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