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Spikey Leafed Shrub With Bright Colors Perfect for the Desert Landscape
This American native displays striking, sword-shaped leaves that burst from the ground in a splendid array of variegated foliage. Color Guard Yucca plants offer an unusual texture and form that adds interest to your garden or patio.
This Yucca Color Guard variety is also known as Adam’s needle, Spanish bayonet, or Carolina silk grass, and it's botanically named Yucca filamentosa 'Color Guard'. It thrives in a diverse array of climates. It is tolerant to wind, sweltering heat, high humidity, as well as drought conditions.
It is also evergreen and will retain its color through the colder months. This no-nonsense plant is tough, can withstand extremely arid climates, and is ideal for xeriscape gardens.
Its radiating leathery foliage features yellow-white center streaks flanked by dark green edging. The majority of its narrow leaves fan out alertly, spiking in every direction, while some lower leaves droop down to greet the ground. Leaf edges are further decorated with fine wiry filaments, forming hair-like curls.
During the colder months, its creamy center streaks can take on a rosy, coral-pink color.
Color Guard Yucca Flower Description
Summer brings delicate, creamy white flowers that tower above its foliage below. These bell-shaped flowers deliver a lovely fragrance and are held aloft on sturdy stalks that rise 4 to 6 feet into the air. The flowers themselves are about 1 to 3 inches long and adorn the plant beautifully. It’s no surprise that these flowers are beloved by hummingbirds and other pollinators.
Landscaping Yucca in Your Garden
Yuccas do well as accent pieces in your garden, for mass planting projects, and in containers to liven up your patio space. Yucca is also great for Zen or rock gardens, sandy lots, and low-maintenance naturalized areas.
Yucca Color Guard Care
This plant resists deer and rabbits. It is also safe for those individuals who suffer from allergies. A word of caution though, this plant is poisonous to dogs, cats, and horses.
This hardy yucca grows in USDA hardiness zones 4-10!
This plant prefers full sun or partial shade with at least 4 to 6 hours of direct sunlight.
How Often Do You Water a Yucca Plant?
Once established, this yucca should require very little water as it is well-adapted to life in a desert. If housed inside a container, water it regularly in extreme heat.
Color Guard Yucca Size
This fast-growing shrub reaches 3 to 4 feet tall and about 4 feet wide. Growth is rounded and mostly uniform. Plant at least 2 to 3 feet apart.
Best Soil for Yucca Plants
Yuccas tolerate poor soil quality and grow in a variety of regions. It can even grow in coastal regions and tolerates salt exposure. Soil should drain well. Fertilize annually in spring. Add 1 to 2 inches of mulch around the base of the plant.
Pruning Yucca Plants
This plant does not require pruning. If dead, damaged, or unsightly leaves appear, remove them as needed. It is best to wear gloves, eye protection, and long sleeves when removing dead foliage, as yucca leaves are sharp and semi-rigid.
Propagation can be achieved when mature plants develop young plants around their base. These new plantlets can be removed and established in pots or directly into your garden elsewhere.
Color Guard Yucca Companion Plants
Looking for some plant companions for your yucca? Consider these lovely specimens.
- Olive trees
- Black-Eyed-Susan (Rudbeckia)
- Most cactus varieties
- English Lavendar (Lavandula angustifolia 'Munstead')
- Lady’s Mantle (Alchemilla mollis)
- Octopus Agave (Agave vilmoriniana)
- Red Creeping Thyme (Thymus praecox 'Coccineus')
- Russian Sage (Perovskia)
- Yarrow (Achillea)
- Other perennials
Color guard yucca is one of the most decorative varieties of yucca available. Its unique qualities make it ideal for mass planting in arid climates. It thrives in harsh environments, while providing bright color and unparalleled beauty.
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Full Sun / Partial Shade
Growing Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10