Yucca filamentosa Bright Edge
Yucca 'Bright Edge' photo courtesy of Walters Gardens

Adam's Needle, Spanish Bayonet

Yuccas are tough as nail plants, ideal for dry areas with poor soil. Their sword-like foliage radiates upward from a central crown, remaining upright all year round except in the heaviest snows. 'Bright Edge' bears green leaves with bright golden-yellow edges. From early to midsummer, spectacular flower stalks rise from the center of the plant. The individual bell-shaped, creamy white flowers are 5-8 cms inches long and dangle from the stems like earrings.

  • Height: 60- 90 cm (24-36 in)
  • Spread: 45-61 cm (18-24 in)
  • Cold Hardiness: Zone 4-10
  • Sun or Shade: minimum 6 hours of direct sun
  • Bloom Time: mid summer
  • Leaf Colour: green and gold
  • Bloom Colour: white
  • Critter Resistance: deer and rabbits
  • Nature Attraction: bees

Growing and Maintenance Tips

Yuccas thrive in any type of well-drained soil including those that are very dry. Though they will grow in partial shade, they reach their full potential only if they receive sun all day long. Many yuccas do not bloom until they are mature. Once they start, though, you will see that they were worth the wait. The flower stalks retain some ornamental value after the blooms have faded. Mature plants sometimes develop plantlets near their base. These can be dug and transplanted elsewhere if desired.