Yucca filamentosa ‘Color Guard’

variegated yucca

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

Outstanding Qualities

This variegated evergreen shrub is grown for its architectural quality, as its striped, sharp-tipped, sword-shaped leaves stand out in any border or as a specimen container plant. Add to that a flower spike that can reach 6 feet or more carrying dozens of pendulous, cream-colored flowers in summer, and you have a real show stopper. 'Color Guard' has a broad, bright yellow stripe up the center of each leaf and the leaf margins are edged with variable stripes of green. In addition, the margins have curly white threads, giving the plant its specific epithet of "filamentosa". Yuccas are also extremely easy to grow and drought and heat tolerant.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: vase-shaped shrub

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 5 ft. 0 in. (1.52 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 0 ft. 0 in. (0.00 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 0 ft. 0 in. (0.00 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 10

Flower Color: cream

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: drought tolerant once established

Seasonal Interest: summer flowers, year around foliage

Wildlife Associations: bees, hummingbirds

Resistant to: deer

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: burgundy, gold, bronze, blue

Great Color Partners: chartreuse, dark green, cream

Culture Notes
Yuccas 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.