Yucca flaccida 'GOLDEN SWORD'

Yucca flaccida
Yucca flaccida 'GOLDEN SWORD'
Adam's needle
SIZE/TYPE low or groundcovering
USUAL WIDTH 0.5-1.3m
LEAVES evergreen broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES varigated:green and yellow
LOCATION full sun
SOIL TYPE any (acidic to alkaline)
SOIL MOISTURE REQUIREMENTS evenly moist (dislikes drought)
USDA zone (lowest) 5   (down to -29°C)
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Evergreen broadleaf
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Golden Sword is an attractive variety of Adam’s needle with coloured leaves. It is an evergreen shrub with basal rosettes of erect, inversely lance-shaped, leaves which are rigid but not sharp when touched. They are bright yellow in the centre and pale green along the margins. In second half of June it produces numerous creamy-white, bell-shaped flowers on sturdy stems, up to 160 cm tall. When in full bloom it looks like a giant lily-of-the-valley. Cut off the stem right at the base after flowering.

Yucca looks great if we let it show its architectural character. Thanks to its grass-like appearance it will combine easily with compact conifers and other evergreen shrubs with leathery leaves of various shapes and sizes. Its tropical feeling will be of use in exotic-styled landscapes and can be enhanced by mulching with white or light grey stones around.

Adam’s needle is not fussy about soil type provided it is well-drained. We also grew it in partly wet site where it does surprisingly well but does not flower. Grow it in full sun and expect it to expand by making young plants near mother plant. Unwanted plants can be easily removed and transplanted in spring or autumn. Fully hardy to -29°C (USDA zone 5), perhaps a little bit more.

Last update 28-11-2009

TIPS for luxurious care:
Remove spent flowers as soon as possible. They may deface the plant, especially in rainy weather when they tend to rot soon. Remove any old, ill-looking leaves after winter leaving only stiff, healthy leaves for a great looking plant. If you feel that the mother plant is going down after flowering cut it off right at the roots leaving its young nursling around that will quicker become strong adults capable of flowering.
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