Yucca flaccida ‘Golden Sword’
This evergreen shrub forms a rosette of bold, arching, striped leaves, which are not as stiffly upright as those of its cousin, Yucca filamentosa. In "Agaves, Yuccas and Related Plants," the authors (Mary and Gary Irish) note that yuccas provide "strong structural relief to perennial gardens and evergreen color to winter gardens." The leaves of 'Golden Sword' have a central golden stripe with variable blue-green stripes along their margins. This shrub is very easy to grow, being drought and heat tolerant. It makes an outstanding container specimen.
Colors & Combos
Great Color Contrasts: burgundy, purple, silver
Great Color Partners: dark green, blue, gold
Culture NotesYuccas adapt well to most garden soils. This plant prefers a well-drained or sandy soil but is tolerant of clay and is very drought tolerant once established. The best growth and flowering occur in full sun. Although it will tolerate light or open shade, it is less likely to flower. Once established, yearly removal of the oldest, dead or damaged leaves in the fall or winter is recommended. The rosettes of foliage that flower will die after the bloom fades, but new side pups quickly re-sprout to form new plants.
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Plant Type: vase-shaped shrub
Foliage Type: evergreen
Plant Height: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 m.)
Plant Width/Spread: 5 ft. 0 in. (1.52 m.)
Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 10
Flower Color: cream
Sun/Light Exposure: full sun
Water Requirements: drought tolerant once established