Yucca flaccida ‘Golden Sword’

variegated yucca

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

Outstanding Qualities

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.

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, purple, silver

Great Color Partners: dark green, blue, gold

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.
Geek Notes
Some botanists feel that Y. flaccida should not be designated as a separate species from Y. filamentosa, so you might see 'Golden Sword' listed under Y. filamentosa.