Adam’s Needle


This evergreen plant is native to Southwestern Unites States and Mexico and with its spiky cactus like foliage it is easy to see why it prefers arid growing conditions.  It’s tall profusion of flowers are sweet smelling and lovely as a cut flower. The sword shaped leaves, which can be plain or variegated, are sharp at the tip and can be dangerous around small children.  If you don’t have little ones to worry about then make sure you plant the yucca in an area where it can’t be disturbed.  Make sure to remove it’s rooted suckers and propagate through root cuttings not division.

Its root can be used medicinally to help with inflammation and pain relief however with it’s single tap root you would be destroying the whole plant for harvesting.

Adam’s Needle

Yucca filamentosa

  • Light Exposure: Sun
  • Soil Type: Medium to dry, well draining
  • Height: 2-4′
  • Width: 4-6′
  • Bloom Time: Mid Summer to Fall
  • Bloom Colour: White
  • Foliage Colour: Stiff green or variegated
  • Pests and Disease: Rot
  • Landscape Uses: Beds, borders
  • Special Features: Attractive foliage, fragrant, Fall colour, Winter interest, attracts birds and butterflies, drought tolerant
  • Zone: 4-11

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