Spanish Dagger

 

This CdV can be comfortably dated to the mid to late 1860s based on the square corners and border lines. Written on the back is “Spanish Dagger From San Antonio Texas.” The Spanish dagger plant is also known as the yucca gloriosa which is native to the American coastal southeast, growing in sand dunes. San Antonio is about 150 miles from Corpus Christi on the Texas Gulf Coast. According to the USDA, the yucca gloriosa is not known to grow in Texas.  Hrm. I found other images online that are similar to this Spanish Dagger in bloom to confirm what the original owner of the photo wrote.

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. savethephotos
    Jun 15, 2011 @ 15:18:19

    Hey there, I live in the Antelope Valley, Ca which is desert, Yucca’s grow here and look like the one in the photo.

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  2. savethephotos
    Jun 15, 2011 @ 15:21:50

    Heres a page on the Yucca’s out here, scroll to the bottom for description and photo, name is a little different

    http://www.debraprinzing.com/2010/03/20/southern-california%E2%80%99s-horticultural-wonders/

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    • Mrs Marvel
      Jun 16, 2011 @ 15:51:26

      Thank you for the link! The yucca gloriosa is different from the yucca she pictured, but of the same type of plant. They are all lovely when blooming!

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  3. Far Side of Fifty
    Jun 16, 2011 @ 06:43:15

    A very pretty plant, the photographer must have been impressed with it:)

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