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Texas soapwort

Pic of the Day - Yucca cernua (MWTX11-565)

Large flowers on tall spikes make this an attractive flowering plant. Yucca cernua or nodding Texas soapwort is a newly described species that was first described in 2003.  It is found growing in only 2 counties in east Texas and is comprised of about 2000 plants along a roadside and on private land.  In the wild it forms relatively small rosettes of blue-green foliage growing in the margins of woods.  I collected this plant in 2011 and could immediately see its landscape potential.  The glaucous foliage is quite lovely in its own right making clumps to nearly 3' tall and a bit wider.  In spring, flower stalks emerge and grow to almost 10' tall and bear large, nodding, creamy-white flowers.  The plants tend to grow singly but will offset a bit as they become mature enough to flower.  These plants will presumably soon be listed as federally endangered.  Check out the JC Raulston Arboretum's plants in the Xeric Garden.

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Glaucous, blue-green foliage makes the rosettes quite attractive.

Yucca cernua in the open pine woods of east Texas.