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Thursday, 6 April 2017

FFF280 - YUCCA

Yucca is a genus of perennial shrubs and trees in the family Asparagaceae, subfamily Agavoideae. Its 40-50 species are notable for their rosettes of evergreen, tough, sword-shaped leaves and large terminal panicles of white or whitish flowers. They are native to the hot and dry (arid) parts of North America, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.

Early reports of the species were confused with the cassava (Manihot esculenta). Consequently, Linnaeus mistakenly derived the generic name from the Taíno word for the latter, yuca (spelt with a single "c"). It is also colloquially 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 cluster of (usually pale) flowers on a thin stalk appear as floating apparitions.

Native American tribes used the plant extensively: They ate the flowers, stalks and fruits, used the fibrous, spiky leaves for cordage, and mashed the pulpy root with water for soap.You do need to watch for ants and other critters in the flowers, as the nectar is irresistible to them, and there is a particular moth that pollinates yucca in return for depositing its larvae on the flowers; larvae are not good eats. But the grubs are rarely on the petals, and it is only the petals you eat.

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11 comments:

  1. not sure I have seen the flower of this one before. Interesting.
    Thanks for hosting :)

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  2. When we came back in the seventies from having lived several years in the USA, everyone had a Yucca plant inside (back then, it was the newest "thing"). Was so surprise when we came back to live in California how big the yucca plants could be, and their gorgeous flowers! (because in Holland the temps are cooler, the flowers never came).

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  3. We have yucca too, but maybe a different species than that as the flowers are so different.

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  4. Good morning,
    never saw a yucca flower like this - they are very beautiful.

    Greetings from Birgit

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  5. Hello Nick,
    WOW!!! These are wonderful blossoms.
    Have a nice weekend,
    greetings
    moni

    http://www.reflexionblog.de
    moni

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  6. Hi Nick,
    those are fabulous white blossom.
    Best, Synnöve

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  7. Hi Nick,
    our neighbour has a Yucca plant in his garden, but I think, this one looks different. Nice blossoms!
    Kindly regards
    Elke - Frankfurt/Germany

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  8. Simply stunning! Thanks for hosting.

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  9. This white Yucca flower is wonderful!

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  10. Nick, ours is under snow. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. wow that is a wonderful flower...must be warmer there! thanks so much for continuing this lovely link up for the flowers.

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