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Banana Yucca Seeds - 15 Count

$9.99

Banana Yucca Seeds
Yucca baccata
Datil Yucca, Dine Yucca, Arizona Yucca, Basket Yucca, Weaver’s Yucca

USDA: 5a-11
Height: To 8 feet
Width: To 15 feet
Habit: Coarse growth of irregular leaves/fronds that are very stringy.
Leaves: Rigid, spreading, about 24 to 36 inches long long, 2 to 4 inches wide concave, rough, with a brown edge, splitting up as coarse curly fibers (2 to 6 inches long), leaves often twisting and contorting in random manner.
Flowers: The blooms, which are complete with both male and female parts, are large (up to 4 to 6 inches long and white or cream.  The emerging bloom stalk is particularly beautiful (see the pictures below).  Yucca flower in spring, April to May and sometimes June and occasionally you can see them flowering in other seasons
Fruit: Fleshy, indehiscent 10 to 14 inches long (hence the common name Banana Yucca);
Bark: Gray brown, initially covered with brown dead leaves. 
Seeds: Dull black, thick, and wingless.
Sun Exposure: Full sun to light shade
Soil: Sandy, rocky, good drainage, tolerates a very wide range of soil types, and pH’s.  Will grow in practically any soils.  Prefers dry soils, will not tolerate very wet feet. 
Blooming Habits: White flowers in spring followed by edible fleshy fruit.  The fruit are 5 inches long (13 cm) or more, somewhat looking like a banana and were once a food source for native Americans.
Watering Needs: Little to no water, in the hot deserts, water at least once a month in summer
Propagation: Seeds, direct sown.
Human uses: There is a wonderful description of Native American use of yuccas, written by a Navajo Indian from the Diné Nation, at Medicinal Plants of the Southwest.  Yucca roots are sold in produce sections of supermarkets today, but Native Americans and others have eaten the roots for a long time.  We've had a delightful dessert in Mexico that consists of ground yucca root soaked in sugar, made into patties, and fried.  Yummm!  "The fibrous leaves were used to make baskets, mats, cloth, rope, and sandals.  Flowers and fruits were eaten.  The root, when pounded and soaked in water provided a shampoo called amole which could be used for cleaning hair, feathers, or cloth.  The suds were used to represent clouds in religious ceremonies."
Discussion: One of the most fascinating aspects of yuccas is the mutualism that exists between the yucca and the yucca moths.  The seeds of the yucca provide the sole source of food for the moth larvae and the yucca moths are the only pollinators of the yucca.  Limiting the costs of mutualism: multiple modes of interaction between yuccas and yucca moths.  


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  • Model: YUCCA-BANANA-15
  • Shipping Weight: 0.1lbs
  • 161 Units in Stock
  • Manufactured by: 4FH - Organic & Naturals

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