I Spy Yuccas


Yucca is a fitting name I’ve always thought. Yuccas have never been my favorite plant with their spiked leaves and awkward stalk with milky, droopy, waxy flowers. You know who loves the Yucca though? The Yucca Moth. In fact it is mutual. This moth deliberately transfers pollen from one plant to another and lays an egg in the flower at the same time. The moth larva then eat the seeds (but not all so new plants can grow). What a nice condo complex for these moth babies! Both plant and moth clearly benefit from this symbiotic relationship.

Yucca leaves have a low ignition temperature when dried so you can use them to start a friction fire.

We have been seeing them in bloom all over lately along with lots of Daylilies.

What flowers are you seeing lately?  Please share!


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    • Oh me too, there is a great book illustrated by Steve Jenkins about symbiotic relationships. I should add a link.

  1. I guess I never fully appreciated the yucca plant. I remember when I first met my husband, he had a Yucca. He loved that plant. Through all the moving it died – but now I am wishing we had it.

    I never knew so many things about Yucca.

    The plant that I love that’s blooming now…The Hydrangea. I just love hydrangea. It’s big beautiful blooms remind me of elegant summer weddings. I just love them! The colors are so vibrant!

    Thanks so much for sharing!
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    • How come there are so many of them around when no one seems to like them? They must have had excellent salesmen.

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