Yucca filamentosa, or Adam’s Needle, is native to the Southeastern United States.
This very tough, evergreen, drought tolerant plant tolerates a variety of soils. It can grow in full sun or partial shade in Zones 5-9. This plant can even be found growing in very sandy soils closer to the coast.
Large, sculptural, and dramatic, the spines on its leaves ensures that it gets the space it needs to grow. Mature plants may be 8′ tall when in bloom.
These plants were growing in the garden when we arrived, and are well established.
With no special care, they treat us to this beautiful display each summer.
Photos by Woodland Gnome 2014
I was surprised to learn they are native to the Southeast, not Southwest. Gollleee! Learned something new today. Like you, we had a planting when we got here and it has barely increased it size. Ours won’t bloom for at least another month. I cut & use the dried flower stalks for stakes, they are very strong!
Now you’ve taught me something helpful again 😉 I’ve never thought to recycle the stalk once the flowers are gone. I’ll try that this year. We have several plants which haven’t bloomed, and it makes me wonder how old/large they need to be to send up that first bloom spike. Do you ever fertilize yours? We don’t do anything- save pull the honeysuckle vines away from time to time. An easterner, Yucca is still a member of the Agave family. May all be well with you, WG
those flowers are soooo pretty !
Wonderful to hear from you, Gwennie. They are so huge, and I love how they catch the sun. Best wishes to you, WG