The Yucca, a member of the lily family, was designated as the state flower of New Mexico in 1927. You can find these striking flowers in abundance in the deserts of New Mexico. The genus Yucca includes 40-50 different species. They are noted for their large fibrous stalk of ivory white blooms. These blooms are most fragrant at night.
Yuccas are an excellent choice for your home garden. They are very low maintenance and enhance a southwestern landscape themed yard. They are a very hardy perennial, and do well without much water or special attention. They bloom from mid summer to fall. An interesting tidbit on Yuccas is that they have a mutualistic relationship with the Yucca moth, which both pollinates the Yucca and lays its eggs in the flower.
Proper care for Yuccas should include ensuring they are planted in an area with full sun, and not overwatering, as this can cause the roots to rot. Yuccas do not handle transplanting well. A once per year fertilization is all that is needed. Regular pruning is necessary.
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