Yucca Shrubs

Yucca are shrubs that give the garden a really exotic, sub-tropical appearance, yet several of them are surprisingly hardy and all succeed well in a wide variety of places from seaside to city gardens. They make large rosettes of stiff, sword-shaped leaves and the large, bell-shaped flowers are carried in broad, upstanding spikes. Some kinds, such as Yucca gloriosa, the Adam’s needle, and Y. recurvifolia, gradually form a stout trunk several feet high, but the hardiest and most easily grown kinds, Y. filamentosa and Y. flaccida sit more closely to the soil and only produce short basal stems. All flower in late summer or autumn. There are also varieties of Y. gloriosa and Y. filamentosa with yellow-striped leaves. All grow best in full sun and well-drained soil. No pruning is desirable.

Yucca gloriosa

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