Yucca filamentosa
yucca; Adam's needle

Yucca filamentosa
Yucca filamentosa
Photo Courtesy Renee Brecht
Britton & Brown
Botanical name: Yucca filamentosa
Common name: yucca; Adam's needle
Group: monocot
Family: Agavaceae
Growth type: subshrub
Duration: perennial
Origin: native to southeastern U.S.
Plant height: 2-3'; with inforescence, up to 12'
Foliage: evergreen, basal, with long "filaments" that peel back on younger leaves
Flowers: white, on a spike; usually several dozen on the inflorescence; app. 2" long
Flowering time: July
Habitat: dry, sandy or rocky habitats, fields, road shoulders
Range in New Jersey: throughout southern New Jersey and much of northern New Jersey
Heritage ranking, if any: n/a
Misc. This plant is actually more closely related to the lily family than the palm family.
It is drought and salt spray tolerant.