Spiked plant - Knowledgebase Question

Lancaster, SC (Zone 7B)
Question by lmunn
May 8, 2006
I have a spiked plant (large) in my yard that has produced a cone and from the cone it has white flowers that have not opened. The plant stays green all year. What is it?

Answer from NGA
May 8, 2006


Your plant could be either a yucca or a Sago Palm. The yuccas are notable for their rosettes of evergreen, tough, sword-shaped leaves and large terminal clusters of white or whitish flowers. They are native to the hot and dry parts of North America, Central America, and the West Indies.

Cycas revoluta displays an upright trunk with a diameter from 1" to 12" depending on age, topped with stiff feather-like leaves growing in a circular pattern. Cycads are dioecious, having both males and females. Female sagos began to "flower" and male sagos produce "cones" in May when it is time to pollinate. These cones are in the center of the plant and the female cone will produce white flowers.

Hope we were able to identify it for you!

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