The Spanish Bayonet (Yucca Gloriosa) is a common evergreen shrub on Ocracoke. Several of these plants can be seen on Howard Street and vicinity.
The dark green leaves are long, narrow, stiff, and very sharp at the point (hence the common name).
Later in summer the Spanish Bayonet will send out, and straight up, one or more panicles (flower clusters) covered with bell shaped flowers. I will post a photo of the plant in bloom then.
This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is a tribute to a wonderful man who did
much for Ocracoke Island, Marvin Wyche Howard (1897-1969). You can read
it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news052113.htm.