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How to Grow Yucca filamentosa 'Color Guard' Plants in your Garden

Gardener's HQ Guide to Growing Adam's Needle

Adam's needle

Yucca 'color guard' (yucca filamentosa) at Denver Botanical Garden photograph by Drew Avery.


Yucca filamentosa Color Guard Growing and Care Guide

  • Scientific Name: Yucca filamentosa Color Guard
  • Common Name: Adam's needle
  • Growing Zone: USA: 4 to 10
  • Life Cycle / Plant Type: Perennial, Succulents and Cacti

Plant Details

  • Plant Height (Inches): 24 to 30
  • 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: Rooted suckers or take root cuttings in winter
  • How to Prune: Remove spent flowering stems
  • Pests: aphids
  • Diseases: Leaf spot

Further Information

  • Can Attract: Butterflies
  • Tolerant of: Rabbit, Deer, Drought, Erosion, Dry Soil, Shallow-Rocky Soil, Air Pollution
  • Best Garden Use: Border, Container Garden, In the control of erosion, Foundation Plant, En masse, Rock garden, Seashore, Specimen
  • Family:
  • Closely Related Species:
  • Miscellaneous: Entices birdlife to the garden, Attractive foliage, North American native, Attracts butterflies, Attractive flowers / blooms
  • Genus Detail: Yucca
  • Further Reading and References: Here and Here