Spanish Bayonet     Yucca aloifolia

The Spanish Bayonet, also known as the Aloe Yucca, is found in the southern states from North Carolina to Florida to Texas, Mexico and the West Indies.  This plant is a Florida native and found throughout most of the state.  It grows in coastal areas, sand hills, and shell mounds.

This plant has an erect trunk 3-5 inches in diameter and grows to a height of 5-15 feet. The dark green leaves are about 2 feet long and have a needle-sharp tip that can cause serious bodily injury if one is not careful.  The tip of the trunk develops a 1-2 feet spike of bell-shaped drooping white flowers.  Each flower has 3 petals and 3 sepals.  They bloom from spring though fall.

The images on this page were taken in the Ding Darling NWR on Sanibel Island in May, 2005.