Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Adam's-needle Yucca

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Plant Information

  • Plant Type: Shrub: Small
  • Scientific Name: Yucca filamentosa Play audio of plant name
  • Family: Yucca
  • Zone: 4
  • Plant Size: 2'
  • Bloom Time: Summer
  • Bloom Color: White
  • Habit: Mounded
  • Culture:

    Very adaptable. Full sun.

  • Notes:

    A low mound of stiff evergreen leaves producing a 5À flower stalk in mid-summer bearing white flowers followed by brown seed capsules in fall. The center of the plant will die after flowering but produce off-shoots which quickly replace the original plant.

  • Pruning:Pruning animation

    Renewal pruning is accomplished by removing the largest, oldest stems (generally 1/4 to 1/3 of the total stems) as close to the ground as possible. This will stimulate new shoots to develop below the cuts which will fill in the plant creating a more dense and pleasing habit.

    Renewal pruning should be done when the plant is dormant, late fall to early spring.

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Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Bill Hoch, Associate Professor
Montana State University

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