Yucca filamentosa ‘Color Guard’

(Color Guard, Yucca)


Hardiness Zones:

 10a  10b  4a  4b  5a  5b  6a  6b  7a  7b  8a  8b  9a  9b

Quick Overview:

Yucca filamentosa, commonly called Adam’s needle, Spanish bayonet or yucca, is a virtually stemless evergreen shrub (though it looks more like a perennial than a shrub) that is native to beaches, sand dunes and fields from South Carolina south to Florida and Mississippi. ‘Color Guard’ is a gold-centered variegated form. It features a basal rosette to 2-3′ tall and as wide of rigid, sword-shaped, spine-tipped, leaves (to 30″ long and to 4′ wide) with green margins and striking creamy gold centers. Long filamentous (as per species name) curly white threads are found along the leaf margins. In late spring, a flowering stalk rises from the center of each rosette, typically to 5-6′ tall, bearing a long terminal panicles of nodding, bell-shaped, fragrant, creamy white flowers. Fruits are elliptical dehiscent capsules.


Easily grown in light, dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerant of poor, sandy soils. Surprisingly tolerant of part shade.  (Courtesy of Missouri Botanical Gardens Plant Finder)

Additional information

Common Name

Color Guard, Yucca

Botanical Name

Yucca filamentosa 'Color Guard'


3 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous


Hardiness Zone

10a, 10b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Growth Rate


Light Requirements

Part-shade, Part-sun, Sun


3 – 6 ft.


to 3 ft.

Soil Condition

Dry Soils

Water Needs


Blooming Period

late Spring

Flower Color




Foliage Color


Deer Resistant


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