* Flowers greenish-white, bell-like, growing on a woody central stalk.
* Leaves spiky, rigid, in a rosette, with loose threads on the margins,
* Flowers June - September.
* Habitat: Sandy soils, sterile ground, pine barrens, dunes.
* Range: Coastal plain from New Jersey south, escaped northward.
* Yucca plants have been put to many uses by the Indians of the southern
United States. They made rope and fishing lines, wove baskets, and
sewed garments using the fibrous filaments in the leaves. Yucca flowers
were eaten, and a substance called saponin in the roots was used as
soap and to treat rheumatism.
* "Here is a kind of grasse in the countrey uppon the blades
whereof there groweth very good silke in forme of a thin glittering
skin to bee stript off."
-Thomas Herriot, reporting from Virginia in 1590