Yucca Baccata Tor [Yucca confini McKelvey, Yucca vespertina (McKelvey) S.L. Welsh]
I bought my banana yucca at the UC Riverside Botanic Garden Plant Sale in 2008 when I first purchased my home in the Town of Apple Valley. I planted it in front of a wood fence with an eastern exposure. I really didn’t irrigate it, although it did get some flooding during storm events. It does have a heavy mulch of gravel to protect soil moisture from evaporation. The banana yucca took a few years to grow enough for my neighbors to even notice it. Now when it is in full bloom, it commands attention. I expect the blooms to be more impressive in the next few days, but I wanted to share this Easter delight with you on Easter Sunday.
I tried tasting the flowers the first year that it bloomed. Unlike Yucca whipplei, the petals aren’t particularly sweet. I didn’t further explore culinary uses at that time. Before posting this blog, I did a quick web search and found instructions for cooking the fruit. If the critters leave any for me, I think I will try one of the recipes this fall.