June Wildflower Spotlight:
Commonly called Adam’s Needle this plant is an evergreen shrub (though it looks more like a perennial) in the Agave family, It features a basal rosette of ridged, sword-shaped, spine tipped leaves up to 30” long and 4” wide. Long filamentous curly threads are along its margins. Leaves form a foliage clump 2-3’ tall. In late spring a stalk rises from the center typically 5-8’ tall. Creamy white bell-shaped flowers that attract butterflies bloom in summer. These flowers are also edible. Native Americans used parts of this shrub as a cleansing agent. This low maintenance plant prefers a fairly dry, well-drained soil in full sun. This shrub is suitable for borders, as a specimen or in mass plantings. And best of all there are no serious insect or disease problems.