Known as:Spanish dagger, Spanish bayonet and Don Quixote's lace
Place of origin: Dry areas of Texas, New Mexico and Central America .
Description: Yucca belongs to the family Agavaceae, an important genus in terms of ornamental landscaping usage. They are perennial, evergreen, shrubs. With over 50 species, most are stemmed plants. Typically present with rosettes of evergreen sword-shaped leaves with large panicles of white or yellow flowers. Most Yuccas flower repeatedly, but a few flower once, and then die. The flowers are large and showy, white or pale yellow.
Grow best: In full sunlight even in drought conditions in well-draining soil. Propagation by seeds.
Use: Ornamental for outdoor gardens. Some species are edible. The knife-like leaves are used as a cutting tool and meat hangers, as shampoo and for starting fires by native Americans.