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Yucca arkansana Trel.

Yucca, Arkansas yucca, softleaf yucca

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassLiliopsidaMonocots (plants with a single seed leaf); includes the lily family
SubclassLiliidaeIncludes lilies, orchids, and many others
OrderAsparagalesA diverse group that includes asparagus
FamilyAsparagaceaeAgaves, asparagus, hyacinths, and others
GenusYuccaLinnaeus mistakenly derived the genus name from the Carib word for (similar-appearing) cassava, yuca
SpeciesarkansanaMeans “from Arkansas”

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The arkansas yucca is a native of North America.

Identification: Plants reach 2′ (60 cm), or up to 7′ (2.1 m) with the flower stalk. Leaves are 1-2′ (40-70 cm) long, wide at the base, narrowing toward the tips, like large grass blades, with white twisted wiry filaments. They are bluish- to yellowish-green. The flowering spike is covered with numerous greenish-white or purplish urn-shaped hanging flowers, each with 3 petals. Seed capsules are dark brown.

Yucca arkansana (yucca, Arkansas yucca, softleaf yucca)

Photo by Edith Bettinger, from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Slide Library.

See the Yucca page for a comparison with other yuccas.

Online References:

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

The Image Archive of Central Texas Plants


Benny Møller Jensen's Denmark site, www.bennyskaktus.dk (Yucca arkansana ssp. louisianensis)



Irish, Mary & Irish, Gary, Agaves, Yuccas and Related Plants: A Gardener’s Guide, Timber Press, 2000

Yucca angustissima Engelm. ex Trel. var. mollis Engelm.


Yucca arkansana description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Yucca arkansana (yucca, Arkansas yucca, softleaf yucca)

5/15/2010 · Garden in the Woods, Framingham, Mass­a­chu­setts · ≈ 2 × 1′ (62 × 41 cm)

Range: Zones 6a-9b:

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