Agave or Century Plant Family (Agavaceae)
Common names for Adam's needle, a popular southeastern U.S. native yucca available at garden centers include:
needle palm, bear grass, bear’s thread, Christmas bell, Confederate flax, curly hair, Eve’s darning needle, Eve’s thread, grass cactus, our-Lord’s-candles, silk grass, soap root, soap week, Spanish-dagger, spoon, leaf yucca, thread-and-needle (from: USDA Plant Guide)
- Yuccas are very drought tolerant plants
- Native to the dry regions of the southwestern U.S., Central and South America
- A few species are found in more northern, central, and eastern parts of the U.S.
- Some species are considered invasive in rangelands
- Yuccas have sword like leaves and send up tall spikes with white flowers that bloom from late spring to early summer
- Some species of these long-lived plants can grow up to 15 feet or more in height.
- Yuccas need dry well drained soils and full sun
- Depending on species, they are hardy in USDA Zones 4 to 9.
- Yuccas are a great choice as an accent plant for a water-wise landscape
yucca moth - adult and larva
USDA NRCS Plant Guide - Adam's Needle Yucca filamentosa L.
Range Plants of Utah
Florida - Yucca filamentosa Adam's Needle
North Carolina Plant Fact Sheets
Texas arthropods image salon - image of yucca moth