Nature is Cruel

I couldn’t help but wince at the sight of the poky end of a Pale-leaf yucca, Yucca pallida, speared through the innocent leaf of its garden companion, a Turk’s cap, Malvaviscus arboreus.          .

Having been at the receiving end of more than one sharp yucca needle (usually in the butt!), I’m sympathetic to the ouch! that the Turk’s cap surely must have experienced.

On a brighter note, it wasn’t jabbed by an American century plant, Agave americana.


20 thoughts on “Nature is Cruel

  1. Tina I think the Yucca pallida to be taller and thinner voilà !!!!!! The poor Malvaviscus arboreus did not complain and behaved like an adult plant keeping up appearances even when it hurt a lot. Greetings from Margarita.


  2. They do appear dangerous! I’ve never grown Yuccas in my garden, but Y. filamentosa is common and native around here. I wonder if plants feel pain? Now you’ll have me contemplating it as I dig up their roots and move them around. :0)


    • Truth be told, Jason, I’m not part of the spiky plant fan club. I do like agave and yucca in pots though–they sail through our droughty and hot summers like real champs. I have some native and non-native yucca planted in the ground in my gardens but none of the *ginormous* agave that so many southwestern gardeners like. Not for me–I don’t want to be injured by plants!


  3. I can appreciate the turk’s cap’s pain. I was once working near a yucca and got poked in the forehead. The whole time I was gardening I could feel a trickle of what I THOUGHT was sweat running down my face. hahahaha It wasn’t sweat. The vision in the mirror when I went inside to clean up was quite funny in a gruesome kind of way.


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