Name: Chaparral Yucca

(Hesperoyucca whipplei)

Family: Asparagus (Asparagaceae)
Flowering Season: April thru July
Notes: A native shrub with sharp, spiked leaves radiating from a central point, the Yucca was a vital plant to the Native Americans. All parts are edible, including the seeds and flowers, and its fibrous leaves and stalk were used to make cordage, baskets, and other woven objects. After about nine years, the plant sends up a stalk which can grow as fast as a foot per day. The stalk blossoms and produces seeds, then the plant dies. Stalks can reach 10 feet

Photographs by Gabi McLean
Chaparral Yucca (Hesperoyucca whipplei)