The Spanish dagger is commonly grown
in our area. I keep this one trimmed back to a rather small
size. It does discourage those inclined to climb over walls.
are the leaves of the Spanish dagger. When mature,
the tips become dry, hard, and very sharp, as the common name of the
When permitted, the Spanish dagger
grows to tree size. Here you can see how old leaves remain
attached to the trunk.
The large flower stalk rises from the end of the branch.
The massive trunk of the yucca sits on
the surface of the ground, with hundreds of small, shallow roots
radiating outward. The roots soak up what little rain falls in the
desert quickly, and the water is stored in the spongy trunk. Each time
I hit this stump with my pick, it splashed!
This block had no green on it when I
cut it off the trunk. It hads been sitting on the cement patio for more
than two years when I took this picture. It gets water only when rain
floods the patio (Not often in Southern California).
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