Yucca filamentosa 'Color Guard' Adam's Needle



Yucca filamentosa 'Color Guard' is a dramatic architectural plant with rosettes of spear-shaped leaves of creamy yellow and green. The leaf edges often have curly hairs or filaments on their edges and they take on tinges of pink to coral in winter.

In summer, mature plants are topped by 6' or taller stalks of creamy white flowers that are loved by hummingbirds. This evergreen perennial forms basal offsets and may eventually form a very large clump. Yucca 'Color Guard' makes a wonderful specimen plant and is easily grown in containers.

Also known as Adam's Needle, or Spanish Bayonet, Yucca filamentosa is native to much of the eastern half of the United States from New York and Massachusetts south to Florida and west to Texas and Nebraska. It is typically found on dunes, beaches, sunny portions of woodlands and forests, roadsides, and other disturbed areas.

Yucca filamentosa 'Color Guard' prefers sun to part shade and dry, lean soil. Avoid wet soils and heavy fertilization. It is tolerant of poor soil, coastal conditions and road salt runoff. Great for containers and hot spots. One of our favorites!


  • Common Names: Adam's Needle, Spanish Bayonet
  • Zones: 4-9
  • Light Requirements: Full Sun to Light Shade
  • Soil Preference: Prefers average to dry, well-drained soil
  • Height at Maturity: 24-36
  • Width at Maturity: 24-36
  • Bloom Color: White/Cream
  • Bloom Time: Midsummer to late summer

Special Features

  • Attracts: Butterflies. Hummingbirds.
  • Tolerates: Coastal Conditions. Drought.
  • Other Features: Container Plant. Evergreen.

Care and Growing Tips

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Shipping Info

 Spring 2023 shipping schedule:

Zones 9, 10: Starting Mon. March 20th
Zone 8: Starting Mon. March 27th
Zone 7: Starting Mon. April 3rd
Zone 6: Starting Mon. April 17th
Zone 5: Starting Mon. May 1st
Zones 2, 3, 4: Starting Mon. May 8th

If you'd like to receive your plants now, you can request it in the 'shipping requests' box on the order or email us. (Please note that we will not ship dormant plants, and we do not offer any sort of guarantee for plants overwintering.)

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All ship times are subject to change if extreme weather conditions are present here at the nursery or at the shipping destination.

Please note: Depending on the time of year, the foliage of the plants may be trimmed to fit into our shipping boxes. This could delay the flowering of the plant, but many perennials actually benefit from being cut back.

We are currently not able to ship to Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and outside of the US.