Facebook LinkedIn Email Pinterest Twitter Instagram YouTube Icon Navigation Search Icon Main Search Icon Video Play Icon Audio Play Icon Headphones Icon Plus Icon Minus Icon Check Icon Print Icon Note Icon Heart Icon Filled Heart Icon Single Arrow Icon Double Arrow Icon Hamburger Icon TV Icon Close Icon Sorted Hamburger/Search Icon

The Plant Guide

Browse the Full Plant Guide

Mound lily

Yucca gloriosa

YUK-ah glor-ee-OH-sah Audio
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

Related Plants

Related Articles

More From the Plant Guide

Winter Interest

Partial Shade

Browse the Full Plant Guide

We hope you’ve enjoyed your free articles. To keep reading, become a member today.

Get complete site access to decades of expert advice, regional content, and more, plus the print magazine.

Start your FREE trial