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Common Yucca – Our Version Of A Shopping Mall

Nature in Santa Clarita…it’s not what you look at but what you see.

-Wendy Langhans 

Yuccas have tall flowering stalks that from a distance resemble white candles.

When you spot a yucca plant in full flower, it’s easy to imagine someone has played a practical joke and decorated the hillsides with huge white candles.   Because of their tall white flowering stalks, they are commonly known as “Our Lord’s Candle”.  Another common name for them is “Spanish Bayonet”, due to their needle-sharp leaf tips.  Botanists refer to them as Yucca whipplei. 


These plants were extremely useful to the Native Americans living in our valley.  They wove the leaf fibers into ropes, nets and baskets.  They roasted the seeds and ground them into flour.  They soaked and pounded the

A closer view of a flowering stalk.

roots to make soap.  And they even broke off the sharp pointy leaf tips so that the stringy fiber remained attached; this made fine a needle and thread.


Soap, snacks, baskets and a needle and thread – that’s almost as useful as a trip to the local shopping mall.


Our next bird hike is scheduled at Towsley Canyon on Saturday, May 19, from 8-10 AM.  Towsley Canyon is located on the Old Road, west of I-5 and about 1/4 mile south of the Calgrove exit.


You can listen to stories like this every Friday morning at 7:10 a.m. on "The Hike Report", brought to you by your hometown radio station KHTS (AM1220) and by the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority.

For our complete hike and activity schedule and for trail maps, go to

To see what's playing on radio station KHTS, go to tune in to AM 1220.


Here’s an even closer view of the Yucca blossoms.


Common Yucca – Our Version Of A Shopping Mall

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