A plant of the agave family with long leaves and spikes of white or creamy-white flowers, native to arid regions of North America and the Caribbean.
From the taíno word yuca.
- The yucca plant was an important source of food, fiber, and soap for indigenous peoples in the southwestern United States.
- The yucca's spiky leaves were used for weaving baskets and sandals.
- The yucca plant is well-adapted to hot, dry conditions and can be grown in a variety of soils.
- The yucca's white flowers are a popular choice for desert gardens.
- The yucca was an important part of the ecosystem, providing habitat and food for a variety of animals, including the yucca moth.