One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A plant of the agave family with stiff swordlike leaves and spikes of white bell-shaped flowers that are dependent upon the yucca moth for fertilization, found especially in warm regions of North America and Mexico.
- ‘Some nutritious vegetables enjoyed by Panamanians are plantain, yellow yam, yucca, and bread fruit.’
- ‘Yesterday someone in the IT dept brought me up a yucca plant to look after.’
- ‘Another indestructible plant that grows directly in the sand is the yucca.’
- ‘It searches among the yucca cactuses and Joshua trees for a lonely radar station atop a mountain peak.’
- ‘A six-foot yucca plant, still in the pot, had its leaves burned into stumps.’
- ‘If you want something striking, go for a plant with architectural interest such as yucca or phormium.’
- ‘They helped raise the young, gather food such as yuccas and other plants and even hunted smaller animals such as rodents and turtles.’
- ‘This incredibly beautiful desert wouldn't be complete without its gardens of cactus, black brush, yucca, monkey flower, Easter flowers and ferns.’
- ‘The often steep and rugged lower slopes of the mountains are dominated by cacti, agaves, yuccas, and thorn-bearing shrubs.’
- ‘There's a complete chain of command to determine where the office yucca plant should go.’
- ‘Yucca's white bell-shape flowers last only briefly.’
- ‘At each curve, my father's old Plymouth's headlight beams swept the dark yuccas and bougainvillea.’
- ‘Grow thorny plants like agave, barberry, cactus, Natal plum, and yucca under rear windows.’
- ‘Blue rescue retains its color all winter, as do yuccas ' sword-like leaves.’
- ‘It remains to be shown quantitatively that selective fruit abortion in yuccas can increase plant fitness.’
- ‘We are not certain what is going on in New Mexico, whose state bird is the road runner and whose state flower is the yucca.’
- ‘Snow weighs heavily along the branches of ponderosa pines and buries a yucca to the tips of its spears.’
- ‘This particular location is unique because you catch both redwoods and yuccas in one view.’
- ‘I've got a big orchid plant which is lovely, a yucca and some peace lilies because they are so easy to look after.’
- ‘The minute you convert your entire yard to yucca and yarrow, you're sure to be visited by the one deer in America that prefers these plants.’
Mid 16th century (denoting cassava): from Carib.
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