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 CharacteristicsNative to dry places in North and Central America, yuccas are grown mainly for their architectural foliage and bold flower spikes.
CareProvide well-drained soil in full sun.
PropagationSow seed in spring at 55° to 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, Deer Resistant, Evergreen, Fragrant Flowers, North American Native, Self Seeds, Showy Foliage, Showy Seed Heads
- Uses : Containers, Dry areas, Foliage, Foundation Plantings, Front Yard, Rock garden, Specimen/Focal Point, Sun
- Tolerance : Deer Tolerant, Drought Tolerant, Frost Tolerant
- Moisture : Dry to Medium
- Bloom Time : Early Summer
- Plant Seasonal Interest : Fall Interest, Spring Interest, Summer Interest, Winter Interest
- Light : Full Sun
- Foliage Color : Green and yellow
- Maintenance : Low
- Plant Type : Shrubs
- Growth Rate : Slow
- Flower Color : White