Montana Outdoors

May 20, 2010

Yucca

Filed under: Arizona, Nature, Outdoors, Wildflowers — Tags: , , — montucky @ 8:19 pm

Just outside of Page Arizona at about 4600 feet elevation near the Utah border these were blooming. I believe they are a type of Banana Yucca (Yucca baccata).

Banana yucca

Banana yucca

Banana yucca

Banana yucca

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  1. Those are very interesting. I’m not familiar with them. Yes, progress has not been kind to many places around here and Prescott.

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    Comment by Candace — May 20, 2010 @ 11:17 pm

    • These are the first I’ve seen of this species in bloom too, but there were many of them and they were spread for miles.

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      Comment by montucky — May 21, 2010 @ 8:38 pm

  2. Another unique find…. cool!

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    Comment by Stacey Dawn — May 21, 2010 @ 8:01 am

    • I wish I had more time to spend there because I’m sure there were many plants blooming that I have never seen before.

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      Comment by montucky — May 21, 2010 @ 8:40 pm

  3. Again– something I’ve never seen. They are quite unique and interesting.

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    Comment by Barbara — May 21, 2010 @ 11:18 am

    • I don’t know what their range is really, but I would guess just in the higher desert. I don’t remember seeing them around the Phoenix or Tucson areas.

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      Comment by montucky — May 21, 2010 @ 8:42 pm

  4. How interesting and odd looking with the variegated type blossoms! I haven’t seen these type of Yucca before.

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    Comment by Anna Surface — May 21, 2010 @ 5:31 pm

    • I’m surprised, as colorful as they are, that they aren’t used in landscaping, but I’ve never seen that done.

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      Comment by montucky — May 21, 2010 @ 8:44 pm

  5. Good heavens, those are unusual! Very interesting (and lovely photos as usual).
    🙂

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    Comment by absurdoldbird — May 21, 2010 @ 6:00 pm

    • They are unusual. They must have a very interesting survival strategy.

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      Comment by montucky — May 21, 2010 @ 8:45 pm

  6. I think you have taken outstanding photographs of the Yucca! Their blooms are very beautiful. The Native Americans used the plants in many different ways. We have Yucca here but these plants are used for ornamental landscaping. We are at 1,600 ft. elevation here and it does get cold in the Winter.

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    Comment by wildlifewatcher — May 21, 2010 @ 7:08 pm

    • I would think that these would be very good for landscaping although I don’t remember seeing them used that way. Perhaps they are difficult to grow or maybe they require the higher elevations. We had other yucca around our home in the Phoenix area because I’ve always liked them.

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      Comment by montucky — May 21, 2010 @ 8:52 pm

  7. Very strange looking plants. Rather a change of pace from MT wildflowers.

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    Comment by knightofswords — May 21, 2010 @ 8:01 pm

    • Quite a change, Malcolm! I wish I could have spent more time there, especially in the lower desert. It was as lush and green as I’ve ever seen it.

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      Comment by montucky — May 21, 2010 @ 8:53 pm

  8. how interesting!

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    Comment by silken — May 21, 2010 @ 8:59 pm

    • USDA Plants shows this is present also in Texas, although I wouldn’t know exactly where.

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      Comment by montucky — May 21, 2010 @ 9:39 pm

  9. How beautiful.

    We ha here only Yucca elephantipes as houseplants. You have there great plants.

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    Comment by sartenada — May 23, 2010 @ 11:23 pm

    • There are many different species of Yucca in the southwestern deserts: it was lucky that this one was blooming when I drove through the area.

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      Comment by montucky — May 24, 2010 @ 7:36 pm

  10. I wouldn’t know where either, except probably more to the south and west in more desert regions

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    Comment by silken — May 26, 2010 @ 7:30 am


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