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Yucca filamentosa 'Color Guard' (v)
  • RHS AGM

variegated needle palm 'Color Guard'

A perennial with rosettes of evergreen leaves, rich green with a broad, central, pale yellow stripe. Panicles of creamy-white, bell-shaped flowers are produced in mid- to late summer on 1-2m tall stems

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Size
Ultimate height
1.5–2.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
10–20 years
Ultimate spread
1–1.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green Yellow
Summer White Green Yellow
Autumn Green Yellow
Winter Green Yellow
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Drought resistance
Yes
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Asparagaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Clump forming
Potentially harmful
Skin allergen. Wear gloves and other protective equipment when handling
Genus

Yucca can be evergreen perennials, shrubs or trees, with dense or loose rosettes of stiff, sword-shaped leaves and tall panicles of bell-shaped flowers

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow outdoors in any well-drained soil in full sun

Propagation

Propagate by removing rooted suckers or take root cuttings in winter

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Coastal
  • Architectural
  • Gravel garden
  • Mediterranean climate plants
  • Low Maintenance
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

Remove spent flowering stems

Pests

May be susceptible to aphids on flower spikes and snails

Diseases

May be susceptible to leaf spot

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