Agavaceae / Agavae
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Lore: The fiber in the leaves of Yuccas was put to use by Native Americans and they may have made suds from the root. The fruit may have been used for food by some. The pounded roots were used to paralyze fish corralled in traps.(Foster & Duke)
Medical Uses: Roots were use by Native healers in salves and poultices.
Similar Species: There are several other Yuccas in the Southeast. Most are found in the southern and coastal part of our area. See the links below for a partial list.
One of the best general guides to wildflowers of the North Eastern and North Central United States. Newcomb's key is an excellent, simple method for identifying plants. Newcomb has drawings for almost every plant mentioned that are excellent aids to identifying the species. Though only the more common plants are covered this is often the first book I pick up when trying to identify a wildflower.
This is perhaps the best of many field guides covering this region. Featuring 446 excellent color photographs (located with the text) and mentioning as similar to those illustrated are another 800 or so species for a total coverage of over 1,200 species. The start of each family section includes line drawings of some of the species showing important features. The text includes the usual description, bloom season, range, habitat and additionally includes information such as medical uses and lore and how the species was named. This is the official field guide of the Tennessee Native Plant Society.
Angiosperms / Flowering Plants
Monocots / One Seed Leaf