Where does succulent come from?
Yucca angustissima is native to Northern Arizona, Western New Mexico, Colorado and South-western Utah, but is grown elsewhere as an ornamental.
Yucca angustissima Engelm.
What succulent looks like?
The narrowleaf yucca (Yucca angustissima) is a low-lying species, solitary or forming colonies of basal rosettes up to 3 m in diameter. The leaves are long and thin, usually less than 60 cm long but rarely more than 1.5 cm across and forming few fine slightly curled fibres. Flowers are white to cream or greenish-white, pendant, borne in racemes on stalks up to 2 m tall. Fruit is a dry capsule with black seeds. It is scosely allied to Yucca glauca.
How to grow succulent?
Yucca angustissima grows in any soil but prefers a sandy loam.Full sun. Plants can succeed in light shade. Established plants are very drought resistant, this species is also tolerant of seasonal damp weather.
How to take care succulent?
The immature fruit is baked in an oven. A bitter taste, the bitterness is in the skin. Flowers are delicious raw, or can be dried, crushed and used as a flavouring. The young flowering stem are peeled, cooked and used like asparagus. The whitish inner portion is used.
A fibre obtained from the leaves is used for making ropes, baskets and mats. The leaves are very fibrous and can be used as paint brushes or as a broom or woven to make mats etc. They are also used in basketry. The roots are rich in saponins and can be used as a soap substitute.