The Dirty Gardener Yucca Species Mix, 15 Seeds

The Dirty Gardener

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Yucca species mix. A blend on many different yucca species seeds from the southwest and Mexico. Species include yucca baccata, brevifolia, angustifolia, torreyi, whipplei, glauca, elata and others. 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 Carib 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 flowers appear as floating apparitions. Yuccas are widely grown as ornamental plants in gardens. Many species also bear edible parts, including fruits, seeds, flowers, flowering stems, and more rarely roots. References to yucca root as food often stem from confusion with the similarly pronounced, but botanically unrelated, yucca, also called cassava (manihot esculenta). Roots of soap tree yucca (yucca elata) are high in saponins and are used as a shampoo in native American rituals. Cultivation yuccas are widely grown as architectural plants providing a dramatic accent to landscape design. They tolerate a range of conditions, but are best grown in full sun in subtropical or mild temperate areas. In gardening centers and horticultural catalogues, they are usually grouped with other architectural plants such as cordylines and phormiums.

  • Make fantastic accent trees in desert climates
  • Many produces luscious white flowers in summer
  • Grow up to 45 feet tall and well suited to hot, dry conditions and full sun
  • See description for a full list of trees
  • Non-GMO seeds have great germination rates

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