yucca flower watercolor painting art print by derekmccrea

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Yucca flower southwestern botanical floral watercolor original painting. This western plant is scattered throughout the desert of the southwest. The yucca flower is the New Mexico state flower. The yucca is a member of the lily family and a symbol of sturdiness and beauty. In the early summer, pale ivory flowers bloom at the tips of its long, fibrous stalks. At the base of the plant are broad, sharpedged leaves that look like stilettos. The yucca sometimes grows to the height of a small tree. What really amazes me about this plant is the American Indian’s use for it. When I spent some time in El Paso Texas I traveled all over the west. My favorite thing to do is spend time visting the historical southwest areas and especially when Indian history is involved. One time I went to a spot where Indians were using the yucca root as an edible food and it is really good. I tasted the root once again when I ate at a restaurant in Orlando Florida called Texas da Brazil. If you are ever in Orlando and you want to be spoiled rotten eat at the Texas da Brazil. It is expensive but it is an experience with food that you will never forget.


  • cherylc1
    cherylc1over 6 years ago


  • Carolyn Bishop
    Carolyn Bishopover 6 years ago

    Beautiful painting! Love it — and enjoyed your narrative as well!

  • Thanks, to me this is one of my most beautiful works. It may not be so popular in the east, but I know in the southwest this is very popular. I am in Florida now and no one here even knows what this plant is.

    – derekmccrea

  • gypsygirl
    gypsygirlover 6 years ago

    Beautiful work Derek and great narrative with it!

  • derekmccrea
    derekmccreaover 6 years ago

    Thanks I love the southwest

  • Sheila McCrea
    Sheila McCreaover 6 years ago


  • CheyAnne Sexton
    CheyAnne Sextonover 5 years ago

    I love this painting and I love the plant itself as well. natives to this area used to to wash their hair also. From what I understand they pound the root and then lather it to create a soap like wash
    It’s on my list of things to try
    peace n abundance
    your photo reminded me of a great photo I’ve wanted to post before….. I’m off to do just that

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