History of yucca

yucca leaves green

It’s hard to imagine but one of the most popular and trendy houseplants nowadays – Yucca – has not bin such a hit until recently. This plant belongs to the family Asparagaceae and is native to dry and hot territories in Carribean, North America, South America and Central America. It has an exotic look with its narrow, pointed leaves. There is even a rumour that long time ago this genus was planted outside the window to hinder any “peeping Toms”. Anyway, the history of yucca officially starts in the 1750s when it was described for the first time by a botanist from Sweden whose name was Carl Linnaeus, though Native Americans used this plant long before that. They used its root as soap, made ropes from its leaves and ate its fruit, flower buds, leaves and root.

The history of yucca also states that in the 19th century a lot of hybrids were made, a mix of Yucca flaccid, Yucca gloriosa, Yucca aloifolia, Yucca filamentosa. Unfortunately the majority of them were lost in cultivation because of two world wars.

Nowadays this species makes a striking addition to any garden and a lot of people desire to have it.