Yucca flaccida 'Golden Sword'

Yucca flaccida ‘Golden Sword’ Family: Agavaceae
(YUK-ah flah-CEE-dah)
syn. Yucca flaccida ‘Gold Sword’

Common name: variegated yucca
Zone: 3 – 9
Height: 24 in (60 cm) Spread: 24 in (60 cm)
Aspect: full sun; partial shade
Soil: medium; very well-draining
Water: minimal

Description: An evergreen, clump-forming, woody perennial. The striking, lance-shaped, golden-yellow leaves edged with variable blue-green stripes are thin and flexible; 24 inch (60 cm) long and roughly 1.5 inches (3.8 cm) wide. Panicles of bell-shaped, cream-coloured flowers appear on a single 4 foot (1.2 m) spike in mid-summer.


Special Notes: Native to North America. Gradually produces multiple rosettes of leaves. Provides good winter interest. Very drought tolerant. Few pests. Leaves can develop fungal leaf spots in winter weather. Deer and rabbit resistant. Propagate by division in spring or autumn. This plant is sometimes referred to as Yucca filimentosa ‘Golden Sword’.


RHS Award of Garden Merit 1993; Great Plant Pick 2007


Posted on October 11, 2012; updated February 3, 2013