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Soaptree Yucca (Yucca elata)
soaptree yuccaDESCRIPTION: Perennial to 30' including flower stalk. Flowers to 2" long, creamy white, bell-shaped, in clusters along tall flowering stalk. Seed capsule is cylindrical in shape, 3-celled, brown, often with holes drilled by escaping yucca moth larvae. Leaves in rosettes, but plant may have a "trunk". Leaves are long (2.5') with a sharp point at tip. Agavaceae (Agave) Family.
NATURAL HISTORY: Flowers bloom spring and summer. Leaves used for basket making; roots (amole) used for soap. Often planted for landscaping.

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