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    Bandelier

    National Monument New Mexico

Yucca

banana yucca

Yucca was a important plant, supplying the needs of the Ancestral Pueblo people.

NPS Photo by Sally King

Yucca, a member of the lily family, was an extremely important native plant used by the Ancestral Pueblo people. It supplied food in the form of blossoms, fruits, and roots; fiber for weaving sandals and rope; soap and shampoo from the roots; and the ends of the sharp, pointed leaves made excellent needles for sewing. Two forms of yucca, Banana Yucca and Narrow Leaf Yucca, are common within the park.

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