Yucca elata is a tree like yucca that can reach heights up to 20 feet. It is native to the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. Yucca elata is commonly called Soaptree, Soaptree Yucca, Soapwood, and Palmella. Once mature this species will grow a tall slender stem with a dense cluster of white flowers.
The fibers from the leaves of Yucca elata plants have been used by many civilizations to produce sandals, belts, cloth, baskets, cordage, mats, and even dental floss. The trunk and roots of Soaptree have a soapy substance which have been used as a soap and shampoo. The plant has also been used as an emergency food supply for cattle during drought conditions.