|The Soaptree Yucca is a member of
the agave family. It is one of the largest yuccas,
in excess of 20 feet in height. The plant has numerous 2-foot long, thin
flexible, evergreen leaves which have a sharp tip and grow from a
central cluster. The arrangement of the leaves channel scarce rain water
towards the yucca's center. The plant can typically be found growing in
desert grasslands between 1500 and 6000 feet in
The roots of the Soaptree Yucca
are known as amole, and are used as a substitute for soap
(which gives the plant its name).
Like other yuccas, the Soaptree produces a tall flower
stalk that grows to 30 feet in height. Between May and July, the plant
produces a cluster of 2 inch white flowers from the top of the stalk.
Native Americans used the leaves of the Soaptree Yucca to weave mats,
baskets, cloth, rope and sandals.