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Yucca

Yuccas are found mainly in dry regions of North and Central America. It is a member of the agave (Agavaceae) family and contains around 40 species of evergreen herbaceous perennials, trees, and shrubs. They are ideally suited for landscaping, adding a dramatic element to the garden, complemented by the tall spikes of attractive flowers that appear in spring or from late summer through to autumn. Parts of the yucca plant are used for a variety of purposes - the roots can be boiled to make a herbal tea, and Native Americans utilize the plant to make a dye and for craft purposes.

Yuccas vary in their growth habit, with some featuring a single short trunk, some with branching trunks, and some that branch out at ground level. They have large rosettes of narrow, stiff, strap- to sword-shaped leaves. The flower spikes develop quickly and can tower over the foliage. In spring or summer, they bear pendulous bell- to cup-shaped white or greenish-cream flowers that are sometimes tinted with pink or purple.

Yuccas need a bright sunny position if they are to flower well. They generally prefer a light well-drained soil, but can tolerate poor soils. Hardiness varies with the species, some will tolerate light frost, and they are generally drought tolerant. Routine maintenance includes a monthly feed, and careful watering.

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