Yucca Gloriosa is an easy to care for plant that adds drama and dimension to your landscaping. If you want an exotic, easy to care for accent plant, then this plant can be a great choice.
Also known as Spanish Dagger, this ornamental evergreen shrub is native to the warm, coastal regions of the southeastern US.
The stiff, 1-2 foot (30 to 60 cm) long sword-shaped leaves droop downwards, and are either solid, deep green, or variegated.
Sarasota - Spanish Bayonet Plant photograph by Roger W.
Once mature, the plant shoots up a flower stalk, covered with many bell-shaped flowers in shades of white. The flower stalk can reach a height of eight feet 2.4 m).
As a young plant, Yucca Gloriosa hugs the ground and has a rosette form, but as it matures, it develops tall woody stalks, sprouting a crown of sword-shaped leaves.
This plant is native to the sandy, coastal regions of the southeastern US, from North Carolina down to Florida. Therefore, It thrives in well-drained, sandy soil, and also does well in rocky soil. Ideally the Yucca Gloriosa plant enjoys an alkaline soil with a pH of 5.5 to 6.5.
Spanish Sword is drought tolerant so it does need to be watered regularly. Indeed good drainage is important — do not let it stand in water as standing water can cause root-rot.
While Yucca Gloriosa looks similar to the varieties of yucca native to the desert regions of the Southwest, it will not thrive in a true, desert environment. As it naturally grows at the southeastern coast, it is adapted to areas with milder temperatures and greater rainfall.
This plant doesn’t require any pruning, except to cut away dead leaves, also cut down the flower stalk once it dies.
I hope that you enjoyed this guide on how to grow Yucca gloriosa. You may also enjoy the following Yucca growing guides: