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Banana Yucca

Natural History

The Banana Yucca is a member of the Agave Family. This large agave has bluish green bayonet shaped leaves that grow to 3 feet in length with smooth edges and a sharp point. Leaves grow from a central location to form a large rosette. The plant can typically be found growing in dry plains between 3000 and 8000 feet in elevation.

All yuccas are pollinated by their own species of yucca moth. The moths, in turn, lay their eggs on the yucca & the larva eat the seeds for food.

The Banana Yucca blooms between April and July, producing a large flower stalk, which grows to 5 feet in height. The stalk produces a long cluster of white, waxy, bell-shaped flowers, followed by large banana-like fruits, which grow to 5 inches long.

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