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Adam’s needle

Yucca filamentosa ‘Golden Sword’

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This easy to grow evergreen yucca bears dramatic, sword-shaped yellow leaves with a dark green edge. Not as staunchly upright as some yuccas, its leaf tips sometimes droop with age. Its foliage color is best from fall to spring. Plants grow to nearly 2 feet in height and 3 feet in width. In summer, it produces a 6-foot-tall spike covered with nodding, fragrant, white bell-shaped flowers.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsYuccas are native to dry places in North and Central America. They are grown mainly for their architectural foliage and bold flower spikes.

CareProvide well-drained soil in full sun.

PropagationSow seed in spring at 55-64°F. (Flowers may require hand-pollination to set seed.) Remove rooted suckers in spring or take root cuttings in winter.

ProblemsCane borers, scale insects, fungal leaf spots.

  • Genus : Yucca
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 10, 11, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Plant Width : 3 to 6 feet
  • Characteristics : Attracts Hummingbirds, Fragrant Flowers, Self Seeds, Showy Foliage, Showy Seed Heads
  • Uses : Containers
  • Tolerance : Deer Tolerant, Drought Tolerant
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Bloom Time : Early Summer, Late Summer, Summer
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Foliage Color : Purple/Burgundy
  • Plant Type : Shrubs
  • Growth Rate : Slow
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Flower Color : White
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