Yucca glauca Nutt.

Soapweed Yucca

Yucca glauca plant

Family - Agavaceae

Stems - No info. yet.

Yucca glauca baseBase of plant.

Leaves - No info. yet.

Yucca glauca leafLeaf margin.

Inflorescence - No info. yet.

Flowers - No info. yet.

Yucca glauca podFruit pod.

Yucca glauca seedsSeeds.

Flowering - May - July.

Habitat - Loess hill prairies.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This succulent species is very uncommon in Missouri and is only found in two extreme northwestern counties. It remains on the few loess hill prairies left in the state. The plant is much more common in states to the west.
The white flowers are produced on a short raceme which reaches about 1m tall.
This species contains saponin glycosides which were used by natives and settlers as soap. The seeds are edible raw or roasted, but they are a bit tough.

Photographs taken on the Dinosaur Ridge Trail near Denver, CO., 1-17-04.