Yard Art: Yucca

Generally obnoxious, yucca has its brief moment of beauty

For the most part and most of the year, yucca is something we want to go away. Even the deer can’t keep it eaten back.

But come June, the blooms can be spectacular for a week or so. Here is a yucca glamour shot, from over near the barn, early on a mid-June morning. Lovely, don’t you think?

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. This would make a beautiful note card. Give the yucca credit,none of us look too good after we’ve been around a long time!

  2. Out here in the Southwest, we are happy to have yuccas, because they are one of the few showy flowers to be enjoyed in the desert. Lovely photo. I will try to find my favorite photo I took of a yucca this spring, in Capitol Reef National Park in southern Utah. It’s a beauty if I do say so myself.