If you are looking for a low-maintenance plant for garden borders, consider Yucca filamentosa – an evergreen, hardy and drought-tolerant plant.
On local nurseries, Yucca filamentosa is available with many different names: Adam’s needle, Spanish bayonet, Bear-grass and Needle-palm. The plant is known for its lovely white flowers and architectural structure that makes it a nice accent plant.
Yucca filamentosa thrives in a well-drained soil under partial sun. However, it can easily adopt to different types of soil and light conditions. For this reason, it makes a nice plant for gardens and landscapes where it forms small groups of shrubby plants with stem-less structure. A mature Yucca filamentosa can grow up to 1 meter in height and spread across 1.5 meter (however it takes around 20 years to attain this size).
Yucca filamentosa is characterized by its sword-shaped, spine-tipped green leaves that form a tight rosette. The leaves change many shades from winter to spring. In spring, Yucca filamentosa produces a long stalk of beautiful white flowers. The flowers last for a long time and attract bees and butterflies.
Yucca filamentosa also offers a couple of popular cultivars that include:
Yucca filamentosa ‘Golden Sword’ – similar to ‘Bright Edge’, but larger.
Yucca filamentosa ‘Ivory Tower’ – creamy white flowers tinged with green.
Yucca filamentosa ‘Color Guard’ – broad yellow stripes all year, plus red stripes in the winter.