Yucca Plants and Restless Spirits
I recently saw an article online about the significance of yucca plants found in cemeteries, and now I’m wondering why I never noticed that nearly every older cemetery I’ve visited has at least one of these plants. So why are yucca plants found in so many cemeteries?
Digging online I found several sites that mentioned that Haitians believe the yucca plant can be used to keep restless spirits in their grave. It also seems that sometimes, yucca plants were used instead of headstones during the 19th and 20th centuries. Many times, a grave is marked by a stone and a yucca plant!
It’s possible that yucca plants can point to unmarked graves and/or abandoned cemeteries that no longer have any visible stones, if they had any at all. Yucca plants stand out in many places in the United States, because they look more suitable to dry, desert climates. They are very hardy, can survive in different climates, and continue to grow year after year, so it makes sense they would be used as grave markers!