Synonym: Spanish Bayonet | Small Soapweed A perennial shrub growing an average of 2 to 3 feet tall. The leaves are stiff, tough fibrous horizontal or upright stem bearing one or more erect crowns with inrolled edges and sharp tips that can cause harm to animals and humans. Ten to fifteen, green white flowers grow on a spike 2 to 3 feet long, blooming in June and July. At maturity, the large capsules enclose long black seeds. Grows on dry prairie slopes and open lands. Native west of the Missouri River to the Rocky Mountains, and North Dakota to Texas. Over 40 different species.