Scientific Name:Yucca filamentosa L.
About this Herb:A trunkless plant, native to North America, Yucca filamentosa has blue green sword shaped leaves that can be over 2 feet long, while the flower stem can grow up to 10 feet tall. Early summer sees masses of pendulous cream-colored flowers that fill with sap, and turn up to the warm night skies releasing a sweet aroma.
Common Names:Adam’s Needle, Soap Weed, Spanish Needle
Uses:Yucca filamentosa and Yucca glauca were highly used by the Native Americans. It is said the juice from the leaves produced the poison in which they soaked their arrows. It is also reported that double boiling the flower shoots produces a stimulating tonic (somewhat like Dandelion wine).
A soap like substance can be extracted from the roots by cutting them up and boiling in a small amount of water.
Creating a poultice from the roots and applying topically can aid in the healing of sprains, bruises, broken bones, skin inflammations of all sorts.