DESCRIPTION: The species
Yucca Glauca, commonly known as soapweed or soapwell, is a perennial shrub
that grows to be about one foot tall (Yucca). It grows in a stalk with narrow,
linear leaves and has white bell-shaped flowers with black fruit and large
black seeds (Logan). Yuccas grow in dry plains, sandy hills, and rocky soils
in the spring and summer and are native to the western United States (Logan).
The dried leaves of Yucca Glauca are used for making baskets, sandals, ropes,
and other rough textiles and can be harvested all year round (Logan). The
fruits, seeds, and flowers are eaten raw, boiled, roasted, or baked into a
paste and can be harvested during the spring, summer, and fall (Logan). The
roots can be used to make soap and a laxative and are harvested in the spring.
The Yucca Glauca also has many medical uses: anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic,
and is used to cure arthritis, rheumatism, skin diseases, dandruff, and baldness
(Logan). Yucca Glauca is also used to stop bleeding and purify blood.
Logan, Neil. 2002. Yucca Glauca. Ethnoecology database of the Greater South
West. Electronic Document. http://anthro.fortlewis.edu/ethnobotany/Dbase/Compilation/Compilation_Repit.asp?plant_ID=22
Yucca Glauca. 2003. USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services plants profile.
Electronic Document. http://plants.usda.gov/cgi_bin/plant_profile.cgi?symbol=YUGL
accessed on 3/4/2003
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page was authored by Megan Mullen