Yucca filamentosa is a perennial evergreen monocotyledon herb in a leafy rosette from a short stem 30-40 cm long (often none in younger plants), apparently colonial from root sprouts.
Leaves spatulate-linear, stiff, erect to 80 cm long, veins fine, parallel.
Flowers dull white, radially symmetrical, petals 5-7 cm long, 2-3 cm wide; inflorescence large, branched, erect 1-3 m tall.
Fruit dry, thick, cylindrical, 2-4 cm; plant blooms once and dies.
Wetland status: NL.
Frequency in NYC: Infrequent.
Origin: Native to MD & south
Habitat: Old house sites or planted.