Our Lord’s Candle
Isn’t that a funny title?
Well it’s the nickname of this plant:
It’s also called a Chapparral Yucca it grows 8 to 10 FEET tall!
Aren’t the blossoms incredible?
The plant books describe the 1 to 3 foot long leaves as “bayonet-like.” And I’ll tell you that is the PERFECT DESCRIPTION because each leaf is tipped with a sharp needle-like thorn that will poke right through your pants as you walk by.
I’m serious, they are vicious!
Beautiful, but vicious…(I hope you don’t know any people like that! )
The plant blooms from April to June and then the whole plant dies…boo hoo.
And here’s one more fact you might not know. Our local Kumeyay Indians used that leaf tip as a needle to sew and the fibers inside the leaves as thread! Must have been pretty handy to have around, huh?
“Most men, like plants, possess hidden qualities which chance discovers.”
François de la Rochefoucauld