Yuccas or Sotols!?!

My segment on how to care for yuccas will be on TWCNews Austin and San Antonio this Saturday. It was a fun segment to shoot- my producer/cameraman/editor extrordinaire, Drew, was blown away by the before and after comparison of the "yuccas" I pruned. I am learning more about the different types of yuccas we have in Texas. I had a long conversation last year with Max at Barton Springs Wholesale and he explained some of the differences. I was trying to decide what type of yucca I was pruning today- thinking maybe it was Yucca rostrata aka Big Bend Yucca or Beaked Yucca, but it just occurred to me that maybe those are a type of thornless sotol! The flower looks more like a sotol flower because it didn't have showy white petals/sepals. So, color me embarrassed! I'm going to ask around and look at the original plan for that garden to see if they are named on the plan. If you know what they are tweet me @colleendieter #yuccasotol. 

This is a 'before' photo of a softleaf yucca- Yucca recurvifolia-  prior to pruning.  

This is a 'before' photo of a softleaf yucca-

Yucca recurvifolia-

 prior to pruning.  

Here is the softleaf yucca after I pruned it.  

Here is the softleaf yucca after I pruned it.