Photo credit: Janice Tucker
In her book, Healing Herbs of the Upper Rio Grande, Leonora Scott Muse Curtin wrote an eloquent tribute to the Yucca: ”I have always been grateful for the yucca, a plant without parallel in its lonely habitat of rocky slopes or arid plains, seldom blessed with rain, where it blooms in towering shafts of white-flowered beauty.” Beautiful!
Thanks to Helen Woody and Jeanne Gozigian for proofreading this article.
Sources consulted and/or cited:
Curtin, L.S. M, Healing Herbs of the Upper Rio Grande
The Bug Guide website, Betros, Betsy, Yucca Moth Photo
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower center plant database
Moore, Michael, Medicinal Plants of the Mountain West
National Audubon Society Field Guide to Wildflowers
Phillips, Judith, New Mexico’s Gardener’s Guide
Santa Fe Botanical Garden plant database
State Symbols USA website, Yucca New Mexico State Flower
USDA Forest Service website, Plant of the Week, Banana yucca (Yucca baccata)
USDA Forest Service website, Yucca Moths (Tegeticula sp.)