Posts Tagged ‘yucca’

The ‘bunchgrass’ that is not a grass

Posted on November 2nd, 2009 by Bill Ward

Nolina texana commonly is called beargrass, bunch-grass, or basket grass, but it is a member of the agave family, making it a cousin of yucca, sotol, and century plant.  Another name is sacahuista.

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May is the month for agave

Posted on May 25th, 2009 by Bill Ward

agaveflowers300Steve Lowe, Kendall County Park Naturalist, wrote to say that this spring he has seen more than the usual number of Agave species blooming. He suggests May is a good month to reiterate the attributes of this landscape plant that does so well in Hill Country yards. The following paragraphs are written by Steve.

While the month of April is florally linked to the emergence of the Easter lily, May could welcome another lily flowering, those of Agave (maguey in Spanish).

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The Devils River valley – a botanical wonderland

Posted on January 16th, 2009 by Bill Ward

During a Thursday morning hike last week, I saw three plants I never expected to get to see in the wild. I would have felt lucky to see just one of these plants in its native habitat, but all three in the same area was – as young people say – awesome! These plants are growing in the valley of the Devils River just upstream of Dolan Falls.

Brushy vegetation just west of the Devils River

Brushy vegetation just west of the Devils River

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Yucca – aquifer-friendly landscape plant

Posted on January 16th, 2009 by Bill Ward

Yuccas grow in all parts of Texas; there are 16 species native to the state.

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The kinder, gentler yucca

Posted on December 5th, 2008 by Bill Ward

It is the flexible wavy leaves, some with a helical twist, that make twist-leaf yucca (Yucca rupicola) an attractive landscape plant.

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