New Mexico Wildflowers: Agave Family

(Agavaceae)

 

Flowers are organized alphabetically by genus and species. Hover over a photo series to control the images.


Banana Yucca (Yucca baccata)

One signature of the Banana Yucca is flower stalks that, at most, barely rise above the leaves. Before the flowers open up, the buds are pink. The plant got its popular name because the fruit reminded someone of bananas. Maybe so, but don't look for a close resemblance to the curved yellow monsters in grocery stores.

 

Narrowleaf or Plains Yucca (Yucca intermedia)

Narrowleaf Yucca leaves are smaller (usually less than 2 feet long) than on Banana Yucca plants (about 2 to 3 feet long). And, of course, the leaves look narrow. The Narrowleaf Yucca flower stalks rise well above the leaf cluster, and the flowers have a more bulbous look than those on the Banana Yucca.