Yucca in Michigan?

Ken Dritz dritz at papasun.mcs.anl.gov
Tue Jun 1 13:15:26 EST 1993

In article <lsloan.738857854 at nova> lsloan at nova.gmi.edu (Lance Sloan) writes:
>This memorial day, I found an interesting plant at the front of the cemetary.
>My dad told me that it was a yucca.  But I always thought that yucca was a
>cactus-type plant (succulent?) and liked hot, dry areas.
>What I need to know is, what is this thing?  Is it really a yucca?  Any
>speculations on a scientific name?

Most likely the plant you saw in Michigan is Yucca smalliana.  In sandy areas
here in the Midwest we also have a prickly-pear cactus, Opuntia humifusa.  And
there are some 20-odd species of orchid in our flora (all terrestrial).

Ken Dritz

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