Species of yucca: yucca brevifolia

yucca brevifolia

Yucca brevifolia, known as Joshua tree, is the largest species in the genus Yucca native to the Mojave Desert. Its height ranges from 15 to 40 feet. There are many interesting facts about this plant. For example, this species of yucca growth rate is about 2-3 inches per year and it’s considered to be the fastest growing plant in the Mojave Desert. Its average lifespan is about 150 years.

This plant got its name – Joshua tree - from a group of Mormons. The unique shape of this tree reminded these settlers of a story from the Bible where Joshua stretched his hands towards the Heaven while praying.

This species requires sun, little watering and excellent drainage.

It’s possible to grow your own Joshua tree. You simple need to buy the seeds from a gardening shop. Than let them soak in a bowl with water for one night. The next day plant the seeds into the pot, water them thoroughly and place the container in direct sunlight. It will take approximately 3 weeks for the seeds to germinate