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Yucca elata  Engelm.


Botanical Name


Yucca elata Engelm.

English Name





Yucca utahensis, Yucca angustifolia var. radiosa, Yucca verdiensis, Yucca radiosa, Yucca angustifolia var. elata





General Info


A perennial plant that grows from 1.2-4.5 m tall, with a sparsely branched trunk. Trunk is brown, cylindrical in shape and has a small diameter and often has holes drilled by escaping Yucca moth larvae. Leaves are arranged in a dense spiral whorl at the apex of the stems, each leaf 25-95 cm long and very slender, 0.2-1.3 cm broad. The white, bell-shaped flowers grow in a dense cluster on a sledner stem at the apex of the stem, each flower 32-57 mm long, creamy white, often tinged pinkish or greenish. Fruit is a capsule 4-8 cm long and 2-4 cm broad, maturing brown in summer, when it splits into three sections to release the black seeds.

Herb Effects

Antibacterial, antiinflammatory, antimelanomic, antitumor, astringent, analgesic, depurative, fungicide, bitter (plant or root); antiedemic, antiinflammatory, and hemolytic (plant extract).


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Medicinal Use

Concentrated plant juice has been used topically to soothe painful joints, to help reduce symptoms of pain, stiffness, and swelling. Parts of plant especially the root is indicated in arthrosis, bacterial infections, cancer, skin cancer, cholecystosis, diabetes, dysmenorrhea, enterosis, fungal infections, gastrosis, headache, hepatosis, high blood pressure, high Cholesterol, high triglycerides, inflammation, melanoma, during menopause, osteoarthrosis, PMS, rheumatism, swelling and tumor.


Overdoses may cause loose stools.


James A Duke and Maryl Fulton. Handbook of Medicinal Herbs - 2nd Edition, P:811, CRC Press July 2002.



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