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Common Name: Plains Yucca

Other Names: Small Soapweed, Great Plains Yucca, Soap-plant

Species Name: Yucca glauca

Plant Type: Forb

Family Name: Agavaceae, Century Plant Family





Plant Facts  
Origin Native
Duration Perennial
Distribution in the U.S. The Great Plains from Montana and North Dakota south to Texas and New Mexico
Distribution in Oklahoma Throughout the state



ID Characteristics

  • Field Identification Characteristics


    • Large rosette of stiff, smooth, linear leaves
    • Leaves have smooth edges


    • Large column of cream-colored flowers
    • 3-lobed seed pods
  • Leaf and Stem Characteristics
    • Leaf Type: Simple 
    • Leaf Arrangement: Alternate 
    • Leaf Shape: Linear
    • Stipules: Absent
  • Floral Characteristics
    • Petal Number: 6 petaloid parts in 2 layers
    • Flower Color: Cream to white
    • Flower Timing: May-June
    • Fruit Type: Capsules



Soil Type Sandy soils, but can be varying
Habitat Prairies, open, dry, upland sites and old fields, along roadsides and at abandoned home sites
Successional Stage Mid to late


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