Yucca filamentosa

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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What an interesting spiky texture for a plant! Its uniuqe look makes it so attractive in gardens or landscapes, plus the flower is another beautiful feature.

  • Broadleaf evergreen shrub
  • Leaves are rigid with sharp tips
  • Large flower stalks in spring, green fruit

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

Height: 4-8 ft
Spread: 2-3 ft
Zone: 5-10
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


  • Great Foliage
  • Winter Interest
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Rock Garden
  • Evergreen
  • Attractive fruit
  • Border or Bed
  • Low Maintenance
  • Mass Planting
  • Cut Flower/ Foliage

Foliage Color:

  • Green


  • Full Sun
  • Partial Sun

Critter Resistance:

  • Deer Resistant
  • Rabbit Resistant


  • Mounding
  • Upright

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Summer

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Winter

Soil Moisture:

  • Average Water
  • Dry Soil