Tucson’s yuccas are sporting stalks with blooms all over the city. Native Americans would gather yucca leaves and roots, soak them in water and washed their hair. Woman would burn yucca leaves until it turned into ashes. Then mix the ash with bread-making so the bread would turn a blueish color. This kind of bread was called blue bread and paper bread, which is a very thin paper-like bread. Yucca seeds would be boiled to create dyes for sheep wool, turned into yarn and used to create rugs. Many Indian tribal artist still use parts of the yucca to make designs on Indian paintings, baskets, and other arts and crafts. A long time ago the tips of yucca leaves were used as sewing needles, or as tools for design work. Our desert plants are a source of medicine, food, dyes, fruit and more. Do you have a favorite?