Yucca flaccida /Agave Family
Yucca plants are often found growing at old home sites. Some, like these plants, are used as ornamentals.These flowers have a symbiotic relationship with the yucca moth, the only pollinator they have. The female moth lays her eggs in the ovaries of these flowers, next she stuffs a ball of pollen into the ovary which seals in the eggs and pollinates the flower. The caterpillars eat some of the unripe seeds when they hatch.
Where seen:Oak Ridge Greenways, Great Smoky Mountains, University of Tennessee Arboretum