Sculptural Flowering Evergreen Adam’s Needle Yucca
- Native Evergreen Shrub Stays Green All Winter
- Grows Towering White Flower Spikes
- Cold Hardy
- Pest Resistant
- Drought Resistant
- Salt Tolerant
- Hummingbird Magnet
- Rugged Good Looks
- Long Lived
To add a tremendous amount of excitement to your landscape, try an easy care Adam’s Needle Yucca (Yucca filamentosa). These native succulents are hardy across most of the United States.
You’ll love the look of the handsome, lance-shaped leaves all year-long. They’ll grow in a sophisticated rosette and act as a showy standout no matter where you place it.
Perfect for novice and experienced gardeners alike, this shrub can develop a tall, thick flowering stem in summer. These dramatic accents are usually between 4 and 5 feet, but some years, you may see a spike that reaches 6 feet or more! The creamy white, tulip-shaped flowers can last for a month.
Butterflies and hummingbirds love these white bells. The flower spikes do not appear until the plants are five years old.
Adam’s Needle Yuccas are just as rugged as they look. They are heat, cold and drought tolerant and disease and insect resistant. The plants have thick roots to store water, so the plants need little attention when it comes to watering.
Try these handsome architectural foliage plants in dry, sunny borders. Once established, these are a carefree perennial that may live for 60 or more years.
Even if your yard is cold, wet, and exposed – you can grow them as container plants.
How to Use Adam’s Needle in the Landscape
Place Yucca as a specimen plant for hot, dry areas in your yard. Especially noteworthy in cold winter zones, this plant definitely draws the eye to it.
Add to Xeriscape, water wise garden beds anywhere you have plenty of sun, and well-drained soil.
A magnificent partner with boulders and rocks of all shapes and sizes, Yucca can handle life in a sunny rock garden. Pair with other Succulents and Agave in Zones 7 – 10. In colder Zones, use groundcover perennial Sedum, colorful Gaillardia and other rough textured Prairie plants.
Plant several of them in the skinny strip of land between the street and sidewalk. Add rock mulch and flagstone pavers to punch up the visual impact.
Repeat Yucca in your mixed perennial or shrub border. Just plant a winding ribbon of them along the length near the front. They’ll be a unique and memorable edging plant that would be an unexpected contrast between larger flowering shrubs like Rose of Sharon or Crape Myrtle and smaller flowering Potentilla or Spirea.
Add a few next to a rustic or contemporary garden art ornament to draw attention to the display. Placed in front of a weathered piece of driftwood and create a low maintenance focal point.
Juniper is a natural partner for this plant. If you want a really durable display that won’t require care, plant a few Yucca in a loose triangle, then surround with Juniper groundcover. Just make sure they’ll get full sun, and water regularly to get established the first season.
Yuccas can also be an incredible specimen in a big container. Mix in other container plants for a fantastic look near your front entrance or on a sunny patio.
#ProPlantTips for Care
Plant them in full sun and give them well-drained soil. They won’t require supplemental water after the first year in your landscape.
There are only a few cases where you’ll need to prune them.
In summer, after the flower spike finishes blooming, cut the flower stalk back all the way into the main body of the plant.
In spring, you may see some winter burn on some of the leaves after especially windy winters in cold winter zones. Wear a thick pair of gloves and grab a hold of the end of the leaf to be removed. Then, cut the leaf way down into the rosette of leaves. Remove all leaves that have been affected and all new, fresh green leaves will soon emerge from the crown of the plant.
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