Plant ID forum: What is this plant? Three photos

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skeer
Nov 6, 2016 9:42 AM CST
This plant has been growing in the yard for a few years now, and it looks as if someone planted it, but it would have been before my dad bought the house. It's probably the best plant growing, besides the trees. It grow better than the grass! But it doesn't appear to be spreading, which is probably a good thing.

I was talking to my dad about lemongrass, when he said, "Oh, like the plant in the backyard?" I took a look but it had a few noticeable difference. Instead of having sharp edges, the ends were silky smooth, and also had white strands peeling off. In addition, the root looks way different, with no bulbs.

If you rub your finger along its leaves on the flat of the leaves it feels slightly rough, but scaping it with my fingernail removes the roughness and it feels slightly more smooth and slightly wet.

Thanks for the help, sorry for just dropping in.
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Edit: I live in Pennsylvania, USA
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DaisyI
Nov 6, 2016 10:17 AM CST
Welcome!

It looks like a Yucca, not a grass at all.
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Pennsylvania
skeer
Nov 6, 2016 10:42 AM CST
I did some research on yucca and yuca, but neither of them look right. Yucca seems to like hot, dry places, and this plant is growing right next to the house along with moss in the shade. It might be a little to cold here for yucca, but I could be wrong. If it's yucca, that's OK, but I want to double check and make sure :)
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tarev
Nov 6, 2016 11:07 AM CST
Maybe Yucca filamentosa, the link shows its habitat from Zone 4 to 9 http://hvp.osu.edu/pocketgarde...
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skeer
Nov 6, 2016 11:18 AM CST
Thanks Daisyl and Tarev. The filamentous part seems to help it match up much better :)
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Horntoad
Nov 6, 2016 11:20 AM CST
I agree, it's a Yucca. A lot a people associate Yucca with deserts, but they grow in all sorts of environments. Yucca flaccida and Y. glauca grow as far north as Canada. I am in the wettest part of the state with nearly sixty inches of rain a year and we have Yucca that grow here in the forest where it is shady. The one in the photo does resemble Yucca filamentosa. Yucca flaccida is not native, but does grow wild in Pennsylvania.
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