is it found?
The plant is found in the
warmer areas of North America, primarily in the deserts of the Southwest. It is
especially abundant in New Mexico and Arizona.
does it look like?
Yuccas have “coarse,
evergreen perennial with dense tuffs of stiff, linear, sharp pointed
leaves” (Kershaw, 2000). The leaves are about
20 to 60cm long and are edged with whitish frayed fibers. The flowers
stick up out of the base and are a cream color. Yuccas grow to be about 1
to 5 feet tall
are the medical uses?
Yucca has been known to
treat headache, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, intestinal disease,
and swelling. It has anti-inflammatory agents and works by decreasing
arterial tension and improving circulation.
chemicals are in it?
Yucca has six known chemicals with
antihypertensive activity. Those chemicals are Ascorbic
Fiber, Magnesium, Potassium, and Tannin (Dr. Duke, 2003).