We live at the base of the foothills leading to the Rocky Mountains. We are a meld of high plains, desert, mountain, urban and rural environments.
I took photos of yucca plants yesterday within a foot of each other, struck by the cycle of aging these three plants represent.
I was curious about the plant with the dark brown seed pods (there were many on the hillside) because I thought yuccas bloomed annually, and these didn’t appear ready to shed last year’s flora in time for this year’s flowers. I learned yuccas bloom annually, however, if the flower stem is left untrimmed, yucca flower spikes will remain for up to two years by turning into these dead-looking pods.
Yuccas proliferate by root spread and by seedlings from the pods. What’s not clear is whether these untrimmed plants shed their own spent stems and flower again. I mistakenly thought they cast off the stem each spring and bloomed anew. What happens in the wild where no landscaper comes through to trim the stems? I couldn’t find an answer online, and will watch these through the next twelve months to see what happens.