Where does succulent come from?
Yucca baccata is a common species of yucca native to the deserts of the southwestern United States (Arizona, Californis, Colorado Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Utah) and northwestern Mexico (Sonora and Chihuahua). It is also reported in the wild in Colombia.
What succulent looks like?
Yucca baccata, also called “Banana yucca”, is recognized by having (usually) no leafy stem, the crowns sitting level with the ground varies from 30 to 90 cm tall and wide. The flower stems are usually short nested inside or just above the stiff leaves, while the fruits are quite long and banana shaped, turning reddish when ripe. In the spring of the year, a green stalk that looks a little like an asparagus emerges from the crown of the plant. Later, the young flowers start to develop, opening at the top of the stalk first. At full development, the flower stalk lengthens to support the large creamy white flowers. The yucca in blossom is very handsome and is during this stage that the plant is most attractive to photographers and painters and is often sought for book covers and calendars depicting the great Southwest. Yucca baccata occurs in a large area of the North American deserts and exhibits much variation across its range. Two varieties are recognized, the nominate form and var. brevifolia.
How to grow succulent?
Yucca baccata is a carefree trunkless and durable plant that become the centre of attention. when it blooms. It give the landscape a distinctive desert flavour. Its knee-high height suits it to midgarden placement and side-yard or corner plantings. The bladelike leaves add vertical structure to a cactus or xeriscape garden. This small yucca has become one of the most sought after of the woody lilies. This species is highly tolerant of drought, frost and heat. Like their larger counterparts, these yuccas have needle-tipped leaves, so don’t plant them near play or walk areas.
Plant in very fast draining soil. It is adapted to a hot, dry environment, but has some tolerance to moisture and humidity when planted in a very well-draining soil. It is noted as preferring alkaline conditions.
They thrive best in full sun, but can be grown with some shade and humidity, but may become leggy.
How to take care succulent?
The banana-shaped, fleshy fruit of the Yucca baccata matures to about 8-18 cm long. This plant was important to the early people of the Southwest because of its abundance as a food source. The fruits were the most relished part of that plant. The fruits were eaten raw, baked, boiled, and ground into meal. The Paiutes dried the fruits for use during the winter. The tender central leaves were also cooked in soups, boiled with meat, and used in a variety of culinary combinations.