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Yard Long Bean See The "B" Page BEANS -- Asparagus Bean
 
**Yarrow Achillea millefolium
This is an appealing relatively low growing plant that for some time I believed to be some sort of feathery rather small fern. I loved having it in the garden and always seemed to be traveling when it bloomed so I never got to see that it wasn't a fern.
Benefits: Yarrow leaves and flowers have been used medicinally to relieve fever and in Europe it was sometimes used as a tobacco substitute. Apparently it also serves well as a "compost activator," though I'm not sure what that means.
From: Europe and Western Asia
Planting and Care: This is a hardy plant in a warm climate and does well also in temperate climates. I found it able to handle a sunny place in the garden, but I suspect it will also do well in a semi shady area. Give it routine rainfall or watering and it will do just fine.
Text & Photographs Copyrighted ©KO 2010 and ©Krika.com 2014 

Photographed: At the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center in Rhode Island in 2013.

 

Photographed: In our sunny deck garden at our former home in Montserrat, in 2009

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Photographed: At the Hotel Atitlan on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala in 2010.

Photographed: In the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney, Australia, in 2013.

**Yellow Alder, Sundrops Turnera ulmifolia
This bush was one of the highpoints in our garden. Every day of the year it is in bloom, covered with bright yellow flowers. It is beloved not only by us, but by all of the butterflies and hummingbirds that pass by.
From: Mexico and Central America
Planting and Growth: Not only does this bush get high marks for being attractive, it is also one of the easiest to care for plants we had. It loves the sun and regular watering or rainfall, but will weather a dry spell just fine without help if it has to. Plant it in decent soil and give it some fertilizer when the mood strikes. You won't be disappointed.

The Downside: Yellow alder is wonderful in all plant ways except one -- it smells bad if you brush by it. Plant it where that won't happen very often and you'll be as thrilled as I was to have it in your garden.
Text & Photograph Copyrighted ©KO 2009 and ©GreenGardeningCookingCuring.com 2013

Photographed: Along the stone stairway by the banana garden at our former home in Montserrat.

Photographed: In our garden at Lake Atitlan in Guatemala.

**Yellow Allamanda See the "A" Page -- ALLAMANDAS -- Yellow Allamanda (1) and (2)
 
Yellow Butterfly Ginger See the "G" Page -- GINGERS -- Yellow Butterfly Ginger
 
**Yellow Cassia Tree See the "P" Page -- PINK CASSIA TREE
 

**Yellow Cotton Tree Cochlospermum regium
This is a very soft wood tree which without its fabulous huge brilliant yellow flowers would probably be considered a weed. I loved it. The tree branches willingly and grows to be only about 30 feet tall. We had two, but our American neighbors killed one in a pretty careless construction project run by a very sloppy Montserratian quasi architect Alford Dyett.
When it blossoms all can be forgiven and truly forgotten. The many flowers are like bright yellow peonies. If you live in a warm climate this tree is a necessity!
Benefits:
From:
South America
Photographed: In our garden at our former home in Montserrat.
Planting and Care: Like all weed trees this is flexible, some rain is good, more is better, less means fewer leaves. It likes bright sun and dirt of some kind for its roots. Easy, no? I'd have one here in a heartbeat if I could find one.
Text and Photograph Copyrighted ©GreenGardeningCookingCuring.com 2015

 
Yellow Jack See the "B" Page -- BRAZILIAN PLUME FLOWER (YELLOW)
 
Yellow Jacobinia See the "B" Page -- BRAZILIAN PLUME FLOWER (YELLOW)
 
**Yellow Oleander Tree, Be-Still Tree, Lucky Nut Thevetia peruviana syn. Cascabela thevetia or Thevetia neriifolia
This small tree grows only to about twenty-five feet and has lovely yellow trumpet-shaped flowers in full bloom in December and January and continuing throughout the year with a more modest set of blossoms. It is a fragile tree with soft wood subject to Caribbean termites and it has what I call "bad hair days." These are times when the leaves seem to shrivel and turn brown as if the tree were diseased. It isn't. Within a few weeks all the leaves are green and lush again. When we lived in Montserrat, our lucky neighbor across the street had a very unusual variety of this tree. Hers had lovely soft peach or apricot colored flowers. Apparently it also comes with white flowers, but I have never seen one of them.
Benefits/Risks: This small tree is very poisonous. In the town of Taxco, Guerrero, in Mexico, these trees are called yoyote. For those who know of the American silver designer William Spratling, it might be fun for you to know he carried of of the seeds of the yayote with him at all times. He believed they would cure his hemeroids and he promoted the seeds to one and all.
From:
Brazil and/or Central America
Planting and Care: Plant this soft small tree in full sun or in a bright semi shady area of the garden. Give it a moderate amount of water until it settles in and then it should do just fine on its own. It appears to be very vulnerable to termites if it is damaged in any way (wind broken branches, etc.).
Text and Photographs Copyrighted ©KO 2008 and GreenGardeningCookingCuring.com 2014

Photographed: In our garden at our former home in Montserrat.

Photographed: In the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney, Australia, in 2013.

 

**Yellow Poui Tree, Silver Trumpet Tree Cybistax donnell-smithii or Tabebuia serratifolia or Tabebuia caraiba or Tabebuia argentea or Tabebuia pentaphylla
One cubic foot wood from this tree can weigh 60 to 80 pounds and is known as Pao d’arco wood in Brazil and greenhart wood in Guyana. Just try to put a nail in it and you’ll find out how dense this wood is. This tree loses its leaves, waits a few months and then is covered in bright yellow flowers for a few days, usually in late April. It is said to be very resistant to termites, though ours has not proved to be so. Ours are not there yet, but they will eventually grow to 70 or 80 feet.
From: It originated in central and northern South America.
Photographed: In our garden at our former home in Montserrat.
Text And Photographs Copyrighted ©Krika.com 2009
 
 

 

Yellow Rattle Shaker See the "R" Page -- RATTLE SHAKER (Yellow)

 
Yellow Shrimp Plant See the "S" Page SHRIMP PLANTS -- Golden Shrimp Plant
 
**Yellow Thistle See The "P" Page -- POPPIES - Mexican Poppy
 
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, Brazil Raintree, Morning-noon-and-night Brunfelsia pauciflora 'Magnificent'
This is a very appealing shrub or small tree. Its flowers open purple and then fade to pale lavender and eventually to white. It blooms all summer from spring straight into fall.
From:
Brazil
Planting and Care: Plant it in bright semi shade or in a place where it will receive direct sunlight only in the early morning or late afternoon. It needs very regular watering and should never be allowed to dry out.
Note: The berries on this plant are poisonous.
Text And Photographs Copyrighted ©Krika.com 2010 and GreenGardeningCookingCuring.com 2012

Photographed: At at the Botanical Garden in Naples, Italy, in 2012.

Photographed: In the Botanical Garden at the Hotel Atitlan on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala in July of 2010.

Photographed: In a street garden in Malaga, Spain, in 2012.

 
Ylang Ylang Tree
This is a much desired tree in Montserrat, although I do not find it particularly attractive. The use of its flowers as an ingredient in Channel No. 5™ gives it a cachet it would not otherwise have; everyone in Montserrat is terribly vulnerable to brand names so the Ylang Ylang is very very popular on the island. Its leaves are large and dark green and its flowers are hanging burnt yellow shreds.
From:
The Pacific, Asia to Australia
Planting and Growth: This is a medium large tree growing to a maximum of about 45 feet. It prefers to be planted in full sun or in a semi shady area.
Text Copyrighted ©KO 2009
 
 
YUCCA

Photographed: At the Hotel San Buenaventura on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala, in 2008.

**Spineless Yucca, Giant Yucca Yucca Guatemalensis or Yucca gigantea
This is a yucca tree which will branch and grow to about thirty feet. It has lovely large branches of creamy white flowers, but, all in all, nothing sold me on this yucca aside from its planting and care requirements.
From: Arid areas in Mexico and Central America
Planting and Care: You will be hard pressed to find a more accommodating small tree. It will grow in full sun or full shade, it will grow in an acid or alkaline soil and it will survive droughts. Perhaps its last great feature for those who find themselves without food in the Caribbean is that its flowers are edible! Of course as with all other plants it will do better with a bit of care, more water and a bit of fertilizer, but it is nice to know you've got a friend when you are just too busy elsewhere.
Text and Photographs Copyrighted ©Krika.com 2008

Photographed: At the Hotel San Buenaventura on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala, in 2008.

 

Photographed: At the Hotel San Buenaventura on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala, in 2008.

Photographed: At our former home in Montserrat where we were began a property dividing hedge of these plants.

Photographed: In the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney, Australia, in 2012.

Tree Yucca, St. Peter's Palm, Palm China Yucca australis
This is a slow grower, but it can reach a height of over 40 feet if you have a lifetime to wait.
Benefits:
From:
Northern Mexican desert
Photographed: In the Botanical Garden in Palermo, Sicily, in Italy in 2012.
Planting and Care: As one would expect from its home base the tree yucca likes it dry and to live in the full sun.
Text and Photograph Copyrighted ©GreenGardeningCookingCuring.com 2014
 
Spanish Bayonet, Dagger Plant Yucca aloifolia
Benefits: It is said that the flowers are edible.
From: The southern US, Mexico and the Caribbean West Indies
Photographed: In the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney, Australia, in 2013.
Planting and Care:
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