Adam's needle

Yucca filamentosa ‘Color Guard’

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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Adam's needle (Yucca filamentosa ‘Color Guard’)
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Genus:  Yucca
This dramatic architectural plant is one of the most beautiful variegated yuccas on the market. Its sword-shaped leaves bear bold central stripes of bright canary-yellow against a rich celadon edge. In cool weather, margins are tinged pink, and the entire yellow stripe turns rose-colored on many of the leaves, lasting through early spring. Plants grow to 2 feet wide and nearly as tall. Branched clusters of nodding, creamy-white bells open in mid-summer on stout stems that reach 6 feet tall.
Care:  Provide rich, evenly moist soil in full sun to part shade for best growth. However, plants are widely adaptable to different light, soil, and moisture conditions.
Propagation:  Remove rooted suckers in spring. Take root cuttings in winter.
Problems:  Cane borers, scale insects, and fungal leaf spots.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Slow Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Characteristics
Native,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
White Flower
Foliage Color
Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point
Style
Desert Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Tolerance
Drought Tolerant
Type
Shrubs

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