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Old 07-15-2008, 11:34 AM
 
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All the yuccas have sharp pointed tips. And yes they can hurt, so be careful not to back into one of them. Like a dirty nail, if you break skin, you can be susceptible to tetanus if you have not been immunized with a tetnaus shot.
Steve-0's yucca is definitely not a alifoilia.
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Old 07-15-2008, 01:45 PM
 
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All the yuccas have sharp pointed tips. And yes they can hurt, so be careful not to back into one of them. Like a dirty nail, if you break skin, you can be susceptible to tetanus if you have not been immunized with a tetnaus shot.
Steve-0's yucca is definitely not a alifoilia.
I agree, not even close.

Can Yucca really give you tetanus?
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Old 07-15-2008, 06:11 PM
 
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Yes it can, if it has dirty filthy thorns and picks up the virus for tetanus just like dirty nails. An infected animal touching it can spread it also. Horse manure is widely known as a tetanus carrier.

From a Tetanus site: Tetanus, also sometimes called “lockjaw”, is caused by a toxin produced by a bacteria called Clostridium tetani. C. tetani is found all over, including soil, human waste, manure and anything lying on the ground.

The chances of getting tetanus is very small, but precautions need to be taken, as my doctor informed me, and get a tetanus shot every 10 years.
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Old 07-19-2008, 12:50 PM
 
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Alright. Ive been keeping a sharp eye out for Yucca around here and Im seeing TONS! Id love to plant some but, doggone it, I cant ID any. lol

These all look different to me. HELP!!!!

Smaller, thinner needles with bloom:
http://i231.photobucket.com/albums/ee208/illinoisnative/pics004.jpg (broken link)

Thicker needles w/o bloom:
http://i231.photobucket.com/albums/ee208/illinoisnative/pics006.jpg (broken link)

http://i231.photobucket.com/albums/ee208/illinoisnative/pics008.jpg (broken link)

Thicker needles w/ bloom:
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Old 07-19-2008, 07:43 PM
 
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There are 2 yuccas that can grow naturally in your area of zones 5-6. One is the Yucca recurvifolia(Pendula) and the other is the Yucca flaccida(Adams needle). Both have closely related similarities with their leaves, growing patterns and they also have the same flower stalk.
Some of your earlier pics look like the recurvifolia, the last picture of your latest post looks similiar to the flaccida.
Your best bet would be to take your photos and even a fresh leaf to either your AG extension Svc or your local Botanical garden for exact identification.
If you do take a leaf, use gloves as the yuccas have sharp serrated edges and can severely cut your hands. Grab a leaf (with glove) and pull down hard and it will peel off.
I'm going to be in Chicago in about 4 weeks. If time allows, and I can get a close up first hand look, I can identify the plant for you then. Sometimes pics are hard to determine exactly, though most of your large close-ups ar quite good.
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Old 07-20-2008, 04:03 PM
 
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Thanks again!

Where abouts in Chicagoland are you going to be?
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Old 07-20-2008, 10:17 PM
 
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We're spending a day with some friends at a suburb called Libertyville just south of Chicago. You probably know it. It's a stopover for one day on our way to Niagara Falls.
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Old 07-21-2008, 11:00 AM
 
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We're spending a day with some friends at a suburb called Libertyville just south of Chicago. You probably know it. It's a stopover for one day on our way to Niagara Falls.
Yep, I know where Libertyville is, but thats way too far out of the way from where I find the Yuccas. Ill try and get some close up pics of the needles, thats what you need, correct?
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Old 07-21-2008, 07:09 PM
 
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The needles look alike on many yuccas. The whole leaf may help. Ideally seeing the plant in person is most desirable. It has to be one of the two mentioned before as they are almost identical in color, style, flowers, growth patterns. It's like having twins, hard to tell apart sometimes.
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Old 07-29-2008, 10:07 PM
 
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The needles look alike on many yuccas. The whole leaf may help. Ideally seeing the plant in person is most desirable. It has to be one of the two mentioned before as they are almost identical in color, style, flowers, growth patterns. It's like having twins, hard to tell apart sometimes.
Nitram, I passed by the Yucca again today and grabbed a pic for you, does this help at all?
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e295/envenomate/closeuppicofYuccaspines.jpg (broken link)
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