How to Grow Yucca filamentosa 'Bright Edge' Plants in your Garden

Yucca filamentosa Bright Edge is an evergreen shrub that is commonly known as Adam's Needle. You may also see this plant referred to as Spanish Bayonet or simply as a Yucca plant.

The specification of 'Bright edge' has yellow-edged foliage that holds its color through winter.

Yucca filamentosa belongs to the Asparagaceae family and grows best in zones 5 to 9 (tolerant to -35°C (-30°F)). Thus, these plants are hardy enough to survive cold temperatures as well as drought weather.

They can grow to be 90 cm (3 feet) tall with a 120 cm (4 foot) spread, which means they will need a little space in the garden to thrive. They carry long sword shaped evergreen leaves that can reach about 75 cm (30 inches) in length.

Needle palm 'Bright Edge'
Yucca filamentosa - Bright Edge growing in California photograph by brewbooks.

Plants bloom in the summer, between June and July in their native areas. Flowering stocks emerge during these months and provide beautiful creamy white blooms.

They are extremely versatile plants. Yuccas thrive in dry climates and gardens that receive full sun.

They can be planted in a garden to add height as well as bring in green colors with their sword-shaped leaves.

People love these plants because they are low maintenance and require very little water.

This makes yucca's an excellent addition to xeriscaping for dry climates such as Nevada and Arizona.

Gardener's HQ Guide to Growing Needle Palm

Yucca filamentosa Bright Edge tolerates many types of soil. Yucca's prefer dry and well-drained soil but can survive in a salty environment such as beaches or road salt run off areas.

These plants are also easily propagated so you can grow many from just one plant.

In the summer, between June and July, you can expect to see your Yucca filamentosa bloom. Flowering stocks emerge during these months and provide beautiful creamy white blooms.

This plant is truly eye catching and a great addition to a dry garden.

Yucca filamentosa Bright Edge Growing and Care Guide

  • Scientific Name: Yucca filamentosa Bright Edge
  • Common Name: Needle palm 'Bright Edge'
  • Growing Zone: USA: 4 to 9; UK H7.
  • Life Cycle / Plant Type: Perennial, Succulents and Cacti

Plant Details

  • Plant Height (Inches): 24 to 36
  • Plant Spread (Inches): 36 to 72
  • Time of Bloom: Mid to late summer
  • Flower Details: White
  • Leaf Foliage: Green, Variegated, Yellow
  • Fruit:
  • Growth Form: Rounded

Ideal Growing Conditions

  • Best Light Conditions: Full sunlight
  • Rate of Growth: Grows slowly
  • Suitable Soil Types: Acidic, Alkaline, Clay, Loamy, Neutral, Sandy, Well drained
  • Soil Moisture: Dry to Moist (Medium Moisture best)

Caring Conditions

  • Care:
  • Level of Maintenance: Low
  • Propagation: Bud cuttings(treat as softwood cuttings) or stem cuttings (treat as hardwood cuttings) or Root cuttings or Division of clumps
  • How to Prune: Pruning not usually required
  • Pests: aphids and snails
  • Diseases: Leaf spot

Further Information

  • Can Attract:
  • Tolerant of: Drought
  • Best Garden Use: Border, Container Garden, In the control of erosion, Foundation Plant, Ground cover, En masse, Rock garden, Seashore, Specimen
  • Family: Asparagaceae
  • Closely Related Species: Asparagus family.

I hope that you enjoyed this guide on Yucca filamentosa Bright Edge. You may also enjoy the following growing guides on the Color Guard variety and on Yucca elephantipes.