WHAT IS A YUCCA PLANT?
Yuccas have been grown as popular house and garden plants for many years now. Easy to grow, they are pest and disease resistant and able to cope with a reasonable amount of neglect. This of course almost makes for the perfect plant - apart from the spikes!
There is a popular, but erroneous belief that Yuccas only flower every seven years, and then die after flowers. This is not true.
Of course, there is more than one species of Yucca and species that are generally available from your local plant retailer can range from fully cold hardy Yucca filamentosa to the tropical Yucca elephantipes. Get them mixed up and you could end up with an expensive and 'melted' plant display.
What is a Yucca?
Yucca is a genus of perennial shrubs and trees from the family Asparagaceae - subfamily Agavoideae. There are 49 species in this family, and they are notable for their rosettes of evergreen, tough, sword-shaped leaves, and large terminal panicles of white or whitish flowers.
The hardy species need sunny, sheltered sites, and make good specimen or accent plants.
The tender species are usually grown as foliage plants in the home or greenhouse.
They are native to the hot and dry regions of North America, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. It is known in the Midwest United States as 'ghosts in the graveyard', as it is commonly found growing in rural graveyards and when in bloom the flowers appear as floating apparitions.
Yuccas are not just grown for their ornamental appeal, they can also be grown as an edible crop because many species bear edible parts, including fruits, seeds, flowers, and flowering stems. Be that as it may, don't go around eating bits of yucca without knowing exactly what you are doing.
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WHAT IS A YUCCA?