The Amazing Yucca Stalk… Part 5 – He has a name!

Based on this photographically beautiful personal travel site that includes information about nature in the Guadalupe Mountains, my plant is a Sotol plant.

There are a number of uses I hadn’t discovered before: Mezcal style liquor can be distilled from the leaves; and the plant is also called “Desert Spoon,” referring to the fact that the leaves were used by Native Americans as spoons, or “quids,” which can be found discarded across the Southwest. Finally, and this makes me quite happy, the plant will not die after the flower-stalk expires. Now that he is mature, he will kick out a new flower stalk every few years. Hurray!

More to come in the days ahead, as I begin to research this new gem of information.

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