Thanks for playing my little guessing game! Everyone either didn't know or guessed Yucca, which is the right answer. Good job Stephanie V., Betsy, Judy, and Barb!! This Yucca happens to be in a neighbor's yard. Yucca is a member of the lily family, and is the New Mexico state flower. It is a symbol of sturdiness and beauty. There are over forty different species, and the Native Americans have been using the Yucca plant for many things for centuries. The roots make wonderful soap and shampoo. The soap and shampoo are both for sale, but there are also lots of instructions on the web for making it yourself from your own Yucca plant. The roots contain something called Saponin, which is a lovely detergent that lathers softly. It makes hair shiny and will not cause dandruff. The type shown is called the Spanish Dagger. The Joshua Tree is another species. Mormons crossing the desert are said to have named it this because the angular branches looked like the outstretched arms of a Joshua leading them out of the wilderness. The large, bright clusters of white flowers have also caused this plant to be called "Lanterns Of God", because early settlers of the Southwest U.S. thought that the big white flowers looked like lighted lanterns. What a lovely thought.
"The lamp of the Lord searches the spirit of a man, it searches out his inmost being." Pro. 20:27