|Scientific Name||Yucca elata||USDA PLANTS Symbol||YUEL|
|Common Name||Soaptree Yucca||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||43139|
|Family||Asparagaceae (Asparagus) formerly Agavaceae||SEINet
|Description||Habitat: Desert habitat; mesas, sandy plains, hillsides from 1500 to 6000 ft.
Plant: Erect, tree-like yucca with stems 3 to 15 feet tall and 1 to 5 ascending branches up to 25 ft tall.
Leaves: Large, symmetrical head of fine, arching, flexible, gray-green to blue-green linear, sharp-pointed leaves 12 to 36 inches long and less than 1/2-inch wide, convex in cross-section; white or greenish-white margins with curly filaments, no teeth.
Inflorescence: Flowering stalk 3 to 7 feet long with a very large spreading panicle 1-1/2 to 11 ft. long and 1-1/2 to 3 ft. in diameter, containing of 20 to 45 side branches covered with clusters of bell-shaped flowers, creamy-white, may be greenish or pink-tinged; petals 1-3/8 to 2-1/4 inches long.
Bloom Period: May to July.
References: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston and SEINet.
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