A native of South-Western USA (Western Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Southern Nevada and South-Western Utah) extending into northern Mexico where it prefers a semi-arid climate and well-drained soils. An evergreen, perennial it is tolerant of very cold conditions (Central Europe) and drought. However, whatever the conditions it must have plenty of sunlight.
Growing 1.2 to 4.5 metres (15ft) tall with a sparsely branched trunk. It has thin, stiff leaves (to 1.3cm broad and up to 95cm long) which spread to form a cylindrical rosette of foliage usually on a single, tree-like trunk. Flowers are bell-shaped, 32-57 mm long and creamy white often with a pinkish or greenish tinge.
The Soap Tree’s leaves were used by the Americal Indians to make sandals, belts, cloth, baskets. cords, ropes, mats and dental floss. Inside the trunk and roots is a soapy substance used as a soap or shampoo for dandruff and hair loss. Ranchers used the plant as an emergency fooder source during droughts.
Offered is a packet of 20 seeds and Grownotes to assist you to cultivate this slow-growing succulent.
All my seed is posted in bubble wrap protection.
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