Silver-green succulent with long, slender, fleshy leaves with tall thick stalk with large, white, pink and purple flowers.
Coastal scrub area of Lake Poway. Found in Southern California, down into Baja California.
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.
Lat: 33.01, Long: -117.01
Spotted on Mar 21, 2012
Submitted on Mar 22, 2012