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  1. David,

    Good to have a fellow yucca lover out there. You have done a great job representing the varieties and the good work that Ron does out at mountain states. I have sent him seeds from the big bend area in hopes that he can grow some nice Faxons. The ones in your pictures on the interstate froze back real bad (I'm sure you've seen this) and they never looked quite like the real thing. Kind of treculiana like, softish. Anyway time will tell. I have a desert plant co. in West texas and we do some wild harvest as well as lots of rescue jobs when the rancher is doing "range improvements" which is government subsidized chemical agent dropping from airplanes to control invasive species. The yuccas and other rare and beautiful plants end up dead as collateral damage. We also have a field of 3 to 6 ft tall seed grown yucca Rigida as well as rostrata. My mom lives in Albuquerque and I come up a few time a year to visit I would be interested in meeting with you to share ideas and perhaps explore business opportunities,
    Lico Miller
    West Texas Plants
    Terlingua, Texas

    1. You may be right on the species in Abq at I-40 / Louisiana. But a few weeks before that crazy freeze in 2/2011 and after a severe cold snap around New Years 2010-2011, the maintenance people skinned all those yuccas into their crowns. I took a number of photos after they were planted, after the terrible skinning off of their skirts of dead leaves in Jan 2011, then later in the spring of 2011. Some are recovering, but most died. I think the issue was human "error".

      Yes I like yuccas, preferably seed-grown, but even if collected where they are unwanted by the land owner, they sure beat all the ridiculous high mountain conifers and aspens sold here. The only tree yucca native in Abq (and north of T or C and Artesia) is Yucca elata, but that rarely transplants well and grows fast from 5 or 10 gallon sizes. So, it's nice to have the other tree yuccas that don't come up here. Huge and old Yucca torreyi in Abq, though Las Cruces and El Paso have us beat.

      Mtn States may have mixed up seeds, as it's happened before. Also, they and a few others insist they are selling Yucca carnerosana, and that it's different than Yucca faxoniana (which I was told they are synonyms). We should talk on that. I've been to your website a number of times, and in fact, I recognize one of the projects using your plants in El Paso (Festival Hills?), as I'm designing a home landscape nearby. Not to mention your Sunport Blvd photos in Abq.

      Would be great to meet, and I'm often in El Paso and Las Cruces with work. I get to Marfa 1X a year, so you aren't too much further than Marfa. Yes, let's keep in touch, Lico.