Yucca filamentosa is a tough plant that is native to the central and eastern United States. It is hardy to USDA zones 5-10. It is commonly known as Adam’s Needle, Needle Palm, or simple Yucca.
In early summer, this broadleaf evergreen shrub puts up a tall flower spike that is striking and also a pollinator magnet. For fun, after the blossoms drop, I like to spray paint the remaining spike in a bright tropical color and leave it up for the rest of the summer.
Though it looks like a hot desert plant, it has no problem withstanding ice and snow.
There is the straight green species as well as several variegated
forms available at local garden centers. The most popular of the variegated
cultivars is ‘Color Guard’.
Yucca is easy to grow from rhizome divisions. Just dig up
a section, cut it into 3-inch sections, and plant them. I also find it fairly
easy to divide the clumps and replant them in new locations.
Yucca prefer full sun and well-draining soil. They need
no fertilizing or extra watering.
They are rabbit- and deer-resistant. They are a great choice for along street edges as they are also salt spray- and pollution-resistant.
Yucca - You Can Grow That!
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