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Mound lily

Yucca gloriosa

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Yucca gloriosa 'Variegata'

This sculptural plant bears sword-like leaves to 24 inches long in shades of blue- or gray-green and maturing to dark green, with smooth margins. In summer, the plant produces 8-foot spikes of nodding, bell-shaped, fragrant white flowers, sometimes tinged purple, to 2 inches long.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsOccurring naturally in coastal dunes from North Carolina to Florida, this shrub thrives in sandy, well-drained soil and in heat and humidity. Excellent for xeriscaping. Grow as architectural specimens in a border or courtyard, or in containers.

CareProvide sandy, well-drained soil in full sun.

PropagationRemove rooted suckers in spring.

ProblemsCane borers, scale insects, and fungal leaf spots.

  • Genus : Yucca
  • Zones : 10, 7, 8, 9
  • Plant Width : 3 to 6 feet
  • Plant Height : 6 to 10 feet
  • Uses : Containers
  • Tolerance : Drought Tolerant
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Bloom Time : Early Summer, Late Summer, Summer
  • Characteristics : Fragrant Flowers, Showy Foliage
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Plant Type : Shrubs
  • Growth Rate : Slow
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
  • Flower Color : White
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