Have you Seen this Unique East Texas Plant?

Details on this beautiful and resilient plant!
Published: May. 16, 2024 at 3:33 PM EDT
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Meet the Yucca! These desert-type perennials come in a variety of shapes and sizes from small shrubs to tall trees.

Though the Yucca can survive in extremely dry environments, some species are native to East Texas! Check out the footage above of the many Yuccas that we found during our visit to the Daingerfield State Park.

A fun nickname for the ones we found is “Adam’s Needle.” They are beautiful plants with sword-like leaves and a towering stem full of fresh white flowers.

Aside from their beauty, man has used these plants for a variety of means. As a form of folk medicine, extractions from this plant can be used for anti-arthritic and anti-inflammatory effects, according to the National Library of Medicine.

Thinking about getting one for your home? Yuccas are fairly simple to plant and keep healthy. Whether you plant yours inside or outside, make sure that the soil drains well. They are used to drought like conditions, so don’t overwater them. Chances are your local nursery will sell some sort of form of Yucca, but here are some great online options if you’re looking for a specific kind like the “Adam’s Needle.”

Even though their name sounds like “yuck”, the Yucca smells wonderful. Next time you see one, stop by and enjoy the pleasant aroma.


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