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The native range of this and other Yuccas may be far more limited than what we see today. They may have once been confined more to coastal areas and dunes. For reasons unknown local farmers call this plant Bear Grass.
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.