These charming plants live in our yard. It is actually next to a pear tree and in the area of where our cutting garden will be. In July, my friend Nancy came over and we tore out one of these was brown, dead, rotting. It had a root system that blew me away.
I weeded this weekend and decided to go back over there and clean out what had been left behind. This is I pulled out with a hoe, a shovel and my hands.
Massive, thick and unruly they are. I still have more to clear, but this is what the area looks like now.
After doing some research online, I think this may be a Yucca plant. There are two more in the yard. Actually, there's just one. I pulled one out the that was not faring well on another slope. An explanation as to why anyone would think to plant tropical foliage at random throughout the yard would be helpful. There is no rhyme or reason to their placement, it is as bad as the fruit trees, but that is another post. I am waiting to hear from our extension office, they owe me a reply, for help in figuring out what to do with certain trees and pruning and gardening.
In the meantime, here is one of the rhododendrons I am trying to make fatter and healthier. She is the less robust of the two.
We also have toads in out yard which makes me very happy, though I scared the hell out of one yesterday when i grabbed it thinking it was a rock. I decided to place him in a dark area that he would enjoy. Under the yucca plant.