Soap Tree Tree Seeds


Important Note: The seeds on this page will benefit greatly from using the CAPE Smoke Seed Germination Primer that we use in our own greenhouses. We find we receive significantly better germination results when we use this primer on these types of seeds.


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D7853 Soaptree ( Yucca elata )
A native of the US South West that will grow to 20 ft. with leaves 1" wide by three feet long. The flower stem can rise as much as 10 feet above the plant with flowers ranging from green to white with tinges of pink.
Native Americans used the fiber of the Soaptree Yucca's leaves to make sandals, belts, cloth, baskets, cords, and mats, among other items. Inside the trunk and roots of the plant is a soapy substance high in saponins. In the past, this substance was commonly used as a substitute for soap and shampoo, which was used to treat dandruff and hairloss. At least one tribe, the Zuni, used mixture of soap made from yucca sap and ground aster to wash newborn babies to stimulate hair growth. The Apaches also use yucca leaf fibers to make dental floss and rope. In times of drought ranchers have used the plant as an emergency food supply for their cattle.
Zone 3-9
  Package of 10 seeds $2.50




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