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‘Color Guard’ yucca

Yucca filamentosa ‘Color Guard’

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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.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsBright yellow stripes on green, bold foliage

CareProvide 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.

PropagationRemove rooted suckers in spring. Take root cuttings in winter.

ProblemsCane borers, scale insects, and fungal leaf spots.

  • Genus : Yucca
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 10, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Characteristics : Attracts Pollinators, Deer Resistant, Evergreen, North American Native, Showy Foliage
  • Uses : Color, Containers, Dry areas, Foliage, Foundation Plantings, Front Yard, Sun
  • Tolerance : Deer Tolerant, Disease resistant, Drought Tolerant, Frost Tolerant
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Foliage Color : Green and yellow
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Plant Type : Shrubs
  • Growth Rate : Slow
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Bloom Time : Summer
  • Flower Color : White

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