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bear grass, Adam's needle; needle palm, Adam's needle
Catalog as of January 02, 2016
(Agavaceae - agave family)
About forty species in the warmer regions of N. America, typically with stiff, leathery, evergreen, sword-like leaves arranged in rosettes. Stemless or with woody trunks, sometimes reaching tree size. Flowers are usually white, bell-shaped, nodding, in large clusters on upright stalks. Cultivated chiefly as ornamentals, although some species are used as sources of fiber, cleaning agents, or food. Yuccas need good drainage and plenty of light, but are otherwise very tolerant and rugged.
evgrn peren • 2-3'; fl stalk to 10-15' • zones 5-10
needle palm, Adam's needle
native, hedge - screen, dry - moist, sun - part shade
Forms a dense clump of bold evergreen foliage. Leaves are broad and flat. The tall, upright stalk, adorned with masses of pendant white flowers, appears in summer. This species is often confused in the nursery trade with
; often (perhaps usually) plants offered as
. The true
, however, is a generally larger plant, and has a much taller flower stalk, sometimes as much as 15' tall.
cat # 9X1P
evgrn peren • ht 18"; fl stalk to 6' • zones 5-10
bear grass, Adam's needle
native, rock garden, dry - moist
Similar to the preceeding species, but both the foliage and the flower stalk are smaller in size. Foliage forms neat rosettes.
cat # 9X1V