"These don't look the same", I thought to myself. "I don't think they're the same plant!"
Last year, I blogged about how my hesperaloe had babies. (Hesperaloe also goes by the names false yucca, red yucca, or even the combination false red yucca, even though it's not a yucca.) I was so pleased to have more hesperaloes. I thought I had gotten two babies from one plant. I was wrong. This year, I realized those babies weren't hesperaloes after all.
The bases are completely different.
This is what the base of the hesperaloe looks like:
This is what the base of Plant X looks like:
When Plant X started sending up this flowering stem, my suspicious were confirmed.
Hesperaloe blooms look like this: (Photo from last year)
Plant X is a yucca. Now, I know that many people think hesperaloes are yuccas, but not many people think yuccas are hesperaloes! In fact, people that know spiky plants would have probably known immediately that they were not the same. I don't have a lot of spiky plants in my garden. Thorny, yes, but not spiky. So, all this was new to me!
What kind of yucca is Plant X? That I don't know. It could be a Soapweed yucca, a Louisiana yucca (also known as Gulf Coast yucca), or even an Arkansas yucca. I think I'll have a better idea when it blooms, but if someone knows, please tell me!
Even though I was thrilled when I thought this plant was a hesperaloe, I'm still excited that it is a yucca. I can't wait to see it blooming!
But that's not all! This plant was determined to teach me another lesson, too.
Do you see this bug on its flower stem? This bug has taken up residence there. It hasn't moved for days. I thought it was a stink bug, but again, I was wrong.
This bug is actually a leaf-footed bug. Notice the back of his leg. It looks a lot like a leaf! (You can click on the photo to make it bigger.)
Aren't those fun little lessons? Just another reason I love the garden so.
Have you learned anything new in the garden this week?