Allen Lacy, author of The Gardener's Eye, published in 1992 by the Atlantic Monthly Press, writes that Congress made a terrible mistake in choosing the rose instead of the yucca as the nation's floral emblem. Gertrude Jekyll, the English gardener, listed it as one of her favorite plants. Native Americans used it to make sandals and rope from its fiber according to Mr. Lacy a writer for the New York Times. This picture does not do it justice. My favorite time of the year for the yucca filamentosa is in the winter when four feet of snow does not extinguish its yellow orb.