Yucca is a genus of about 50 species of evergreen perennials, shrubs or trees. It belongs to the family of Asparagaceae and is native to North America, Mexico and the Caribbean.
These versatile and easy-to-care plants come in a wide variety of sizes and shapes. They are known for their spiky sword-like leaves and beautiful white, bell-shaped, fragrant flowers.
It comes from the Taino (Native Caribbean) name for the plant yuca.
The name “Yucca” was mistakenly given to the genus by Carl Linnaeus, as it is the Latinized variation of “yuca”, the Caribbean name for Cassava (Manihot esculenta).
Early American settlers called them “Lamparas de Dios” or “the Lamps of God.”
Yucca symbolizes protection, purity and purification.
Interesting facts about Yucca:
Symbiotic Relationship Between Yucca Plants and Yucca Moths
The Yucca plant reproduces through a symbiotic relationship with moths of the genus Tegeticula, that pollinates the yucca and survives on its nectar.
Without the Yucca the moth would probably die and without the moth the Yucca would not naturally produce seed.
Yucca – Air Cleaning Plant
According to the NASA research, the Yucca is one of the most popular air cleaning plants that remove toxins from the air.
Yuccas are great indoor air cleaners which can help you to clean your air, ease your stress and increase your focus.
Yucca in USA
In 1927, New Mexico selected the Yucca flower as the official state flower.
Benefits and Uses
This plant is nutritious and valued by herbalists for its medicinal properties.
It contains important nutrients such as vitamins B and C, calcium and iron.
Yucca has been used for the treatment of arthritis, colitis, hypertension and migraine headaches. It has anti-inflammatory, antifungal and antioxidant properties.
The plant has been used by Native Americansfor many things for thousands of years.
The Native Americans used the roots and trunk of the Soaptree Yucca (Yucca elata) to make soap. They also used the fiber of the Soaptree Yucca leaves to make belts, cloth, sandals and baskets. Cherokee tribe used the roots of Yucca as a medicine to treat rashes and sores. The leaves are also used ceremonially by the Navajos.
Yucca can help you with your washing and beauty as well, despite the fact that Yucca is a key ingredient in natural shampoo.
Cactus - Succulents, Shrubs, Trees
The Yucca plant has green, sword-like leaves and white or whitish flowers.
Spring, Autumn, Summer
Yucca grows from 60 cm to 4,5 metres (2 to 15 ft) high, depending on species.
This plant grows best in sandy and well drained soil, with a pH level between 5.5 and 7.5.