Adam’s Needle is a slow growing native plant found scattered through the woods in the southeastern United States. Leaves appear as though they have been shaved because leaf margins bear curved, filamentous threads of leaf tissue. The leaf terminates in a sharp spine. Plants stay small, growing no more than about 3-feet-tall. In summer a tall, showy flower spike emerges from the center of the plant and displays prominently for several weeks.
Scientific name: Yucca filamentosa
Pronunciation: YUCK-kuh fill-luh-men-TOE-suh
Common name(s): Adam’s Needle
Fact sheet: Adam’s Needle
Planted in Nassau County Extension Demonstration Garden