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Golden Sword Adam's Needle

Yucca filamentosa 'Golden Sword'

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Golden Sword Adam's Needle (Yucca filamentosa 'Golden Sword') at Eagle Lake Nurseries

Golden Sword Adam's Needle

Golden Sword Adam's Needle

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Golden Sword Adam's Needle (Yucca filamentosa 'Golden Sword') at Eagle Lake Nurseries

Golden Sword Adam's Needle in bloom

Golden Sword Adam's Needle in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  35 inches

Spread:  4 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Other Names:  Yucca


Not for the faint of heart, a succulent cactus-like shrub with gold variegated spear-like leaves radiating from the center and tall spikes of nodding white flowers in summer; good for dry sites, use in a southwestern landscape theme, surprisingly hardy

Ornamental Features

Golden Sword Adam's Needle features bold spikes of creamy white bell-shaped flowers rising above the foliage from mid to late summer. It has attractive gold-variegated green foliage. The sword-like leaves are highly ornamental and remain green throughout the winter. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Golden Sword Adam's Needle is an evergreen shrub with a strong central leader and tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spiny

Golden Sword Adam's Needle is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Golden Sword Adam's Needle will grow to be about 35 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selection of a native North American species.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Garden 
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features