Banana yucca is widespread across the southwest deserts of the US and into northern Mexico. The common name refers to the shape of the 4-6 inch long edible fruit. It has thick, bluish, slightly arching leaves, that are less numerous than other yucca species. Short candelabras of creamy white flowers form in summer.
In several habitat types of the Great Basin, Mojave, Sonoran and Chihuahan Deserts, including Pinyon-Juniper, Sagebrush, and Ponderosa pine colonies at elevations generally between 1,500 and 2,500 meters.