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Also known as Adam's-needle, this southeastern U. S. native was introduced to gardens by 1675, and was then known as Silk Grass or Bear Grass. It was reportedly grown by Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and Lady Skipwith of Rappahannock County, Virginia. Sir Walter Raleigh first introduced it to Great Britain.Yucca's dramatic flower stem can reach up to 15 feet from its ball-like base of distinctive sword-like leaves. The flower spike produces a cascade of creamy white, bell-like flowers in early summer.