50 Natives: Nevada – Yucca baccata

Spending a big chunk of my youth in the West and desert southwest, the Yucca brings back memories of riding my banana seat bike, warm humidity free evenings, and arid gardens.  So I was quite surprised to find it recently here in New England.  I have taken on a new project that I am super excited about (details soon) to revive a historic landscape….and surprisingly, or perhaps not surprisingly (as I learn more about the amazing woman who originally created the garden) she had Yucca baccata planted in her New England garden. You don’t see that too often around here.

yucca baccata

1. Western Scene, 2. Yucca baccata, 3. Untitled, 4. Yucca Arizonica, 5. Yucca arizonica, 6. Yucca baccata

This native plant was prized as a highly useful plant to the native americans.  The fibers of the leaves were used to make rope, sandals, and cloth. The flowers and fruit could be eaten, the black seeds were ground into a flour and the roots were used to make soap.

Hardy into zone 4, this plant is can be an interesting and exciting accent or focal point in any garden across the US.  Just don’t over water it in the summer months.

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.
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  1. Alicia Hanson on May 20, 2010 at 1:30 am

    This is just stunning. I love these.

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