Don Quixote's Lance
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon:
- Broadleaf evergreen shrub to tree-like, often forming colonies of rosettes, to 20 ft (6 m), with leaves hanging at various angles, giving it a ragged appearance. Leaves erect, yellowish to bluish green, thick, 35-120 cm long and 2-7cm wide, usually U- or V-shaped in cross section, margins entire, but with coarse, straight, light brown fibers. Flower cluster (inflorescence) erect, to about 1-2 m long, mostly arising within rosettes; flowers cream-colored tinged with purple, 3-8 cm long. Fruit pendent, 5-18 cm long, fleshy, succulent, containing black seeds.
- Hardy to USDA Zone (6) 7 or 8 Seems to be a great diversity in its reported cold hardiness possibly attributed to different ecotypes of the species, the “wetness” of the growing site, and/or to confusion as to the species being grown. Y. treculeana, Y. schidigera, and Y. faxoniana are similar and often difficult to distinguish.
- Found on grassy or rocky slopes or mesas, chaparral in New Mexico, Texas and northern Mexico.
- Sun, light shade, well-drained soil, drought-tolerant
- treculeana: named for Auguste Adolphe Lucien Trecul, 19th century French botanist; also spelled treculiana