Yucca

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Yucca
Yucca flowering
Yucca species in flower
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Plantae
Division:Magnoliophyta
Class:Liliopsida
Order:Asparagales
Family:Agavaceae
Genus:Yucca
Species

many, see text

The yuccas comprise the genus Yucca of 40-50 species of perennials, shrubs, and trees in the agave family Agavaceae, notable for their rosettes of tough, sword-shaped leaves and large clusters of white or whitish flowers. They are native to the hot and dry parts of North America, Central America, and the West Indies, and have been spread more widely as decorative plants for gardens.

Many yuccas bear edible parts, including fruits, seeds, flowers, flowering stems, and more rarely roots, but use of these is sufficiently limited that references to yucca as food more often than not stem from confusion with the similarly spelled but botanically unrelated yuca.

Contents

Species and common names

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Yucca aloifolia

Additional species

The Great Plains yucca (Yucca glauca) is the state flower of New Mexico.

Because of their omnipresence in the southwestern United States, yuccas have lent their name to several places:

See also

References

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Yucca filamentosa
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Yucca gloriosa
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Yucca pallida
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