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Chaparral Yucca

Hesperoyucca whipplei

Description:

Silver-green succulent with long, slender, fleshy leaves with tall thick stalk with large, white, pink and purple flowers.

Habitat:

Coastal scrub area of Lake Poway. Found in Southern California, down into Baja California.

Notes:

The plant grows a stalk at a very fast rate after about 5 yrs. After it blooms, the plant usually dies. This plant was used by the Native Americans for several purposes, using the entire plant. The young stalk was roasted over a fire then peeled and eaten. The flower buds were boiled two times to get rid of the bitter flavor then eaten. The stringy fibers of the leaves were made into a strong twine. The roots were ground into soap. Seeds were used for beads.

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2 Comments

Thank you Antonio! I enjoy the beauty of this area too :)

AntónioGinjaGinja
AntónioGinjaGinja 6 years ago

Wow,Cindy,beautiful photos and gorgeous place,congrats and thanks for sharing

Poway, California, USA

Lat: 33.01, Long: -117.01

Spotted on Mar 21, 2012
Submitted on Mar 22, 2012

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