Yucca filamentosa 'Color Guard'

Adam's Needle

Tips for Homeowners:

At the very least the flower stalks could be removed if desired (this practice does encourage future generations) and if the occasional leaf that turns brown is bothersome it can also be removed.

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An all-season shrub that highlights variegated foliage and tall, fragrant flower stalks is the perfect plant for hot, dry areas of the landscape.

  • Variegated leaves with creamy-white and yellow stripes
  • Fragrant white blooms in summer
  • Large, persistent, green fruit

Best planted in dry garden areas, on slopes, or perennial or shrub borders.

Height: 3-4 ft
Spread: 3-4 ft
Zone: 4-10
Color: White

Interesting Notes about Adam's Needle:

Yucca is not only a broadleaf evergreen, but a succulent as well. The sword-like foliage and tall flower stalks are easily identified and popular in landscapes and perennial gardens. They will grow in dry soils and prefer to be dry, rather than moist, in fact, it thrives in drought conditions. A Yucca will grow in slightly shady locations, but prefers full on sun. The flower of the Yucca can sometimes take a while to appear, which is quite normal. 

Characteristics & Attributes


  • Fragrant
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Mass Planting
  • Evergreen
  • Winter Interest
  • Border or Bed
  • Summer Bloomer
  • Great Foliage
  • Attractive fruit
  • Container
  • Low Maintenance
  • Rock Garden

Foliage Color:

  • Green
  • White
  • Variegated


  • Full Sun
  • Partial Sun

Critter Resistance:

  • Rabbit Resistant
  • Deer Resistant


  • Upright

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Summer

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Winter

Soil Moisture:

  • Dry Soil