Flowers - raw or cooked. They are delicious raw, and can also be dried, crushed and used as a flavouring. Young flowers have been parboiled and eaten, whilst older flowers have been boiled in three lots of water before being eaten. This suggests the flowers are quite bitter[K]. Flowering stem - raw or cooked. It is best used when fully grown, but before the flower buds expand. It can be peeled, cut into sections then cooked and used like asparagus. The roasted stems have been dried, ground into a powder then mixed with water to make cakes.Seed - cooked. It can be ground into a powder or cooked and used as a gruel.
The leaves are used as paint brushes.The roots are rich in saponins and can be used as a soap substitute.
Medicinal uses(Warning!)There are no medicinal uses listed for Yucca whipplei.
Root cuttings in late winter or early spring. Lift in April/May and remove small buds from base of stem and rhizomes. Dip in dry wood ashes to stop any bleeding and plant in a sandy soil in pots in a greenhouse until established.Division of suckers in late spring. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found that it is best to pot up smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a greenhouse or cold frame until they are growing away well. Plant them out in the following spring.
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Plants are hardy to at least -5°c and tolerate short periods down to -10°c. They grow well in the warmer maritime areas of Britain but need protection from winter rains. Plants have survived to flowering at Kew and at Bodnant in N. Wales. Cultivated as a fibre plant in Mexico. A very ornamental plant, it requires late summer and autumn warmth to initiate flowering. The flowers are sweetly scented. Usually monocarpic, living for a number of years without flowering and dying after it does flower. Plants do produce suckers, however, and can be propagated by this means. The flowers of most members of this genus can only be pollinated by a certain species of moth. This moth cannot live in Britain and, if fruit and seed is required, hand pollination is necessary. This can be quite easily and successfully done using something like a small paint brush. This species, however, is self-fertile and does not require the Yucca moth for pollination, setting fruit without hand pollination. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus.Members of this genus seem to be immune to the predations of rabbits
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