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Yucca filamentosa ‘Adam’s Needle’

Yucca filamentosa or ‘Adam’s Needle’ is a tropical looking plant with sword-like, succulent foliage surrounding clusters of bell-shaped flowers on tall spikes. Adam’s needle looks a little like a small palm but is actually more closely related to the lilies. The evergreen leaves of Adam’s needle are straplike, about 1 in (2.5 cm) wide and up to 2-3 ft (0.6-0.9 m) long. The leaves are basal; that is, they all originate from one point, taking the form of a rosette. The margins of the leaves are decorated with long curly threads or “filaments” that peel back as the leaf grows, eventually dropping off on older leaves. This is a good border or accent plant providing a year-round focal point. The inflorescence is very showy and borne on an erect spike up to 12 ft (3.7 m) high (taller in warm climates, shorter where winters are cold). There are up to several dozen individual flowers on an inflorescence, they are white and about 2 in (5 cm) long. The plant dies after flowering and fruiting but produces lateral buds that start new plants around the edges of the original.

Use in mixed borders and natural areas. It is excellent in rock gardens and as an accent among other perennials. Yuccas are very drought tolerant and do well in an outdoor container even without supplementary irrigation. Combine with agaves, grasses, cactus, and palms to create low maintenance landscapes of interesting textures and forms.


# Description Qty per Unit Units Available Price/Unit
YC100BAG Yucca filamentosa 'Adam's Needle' 25 out of stock $35.75

Plant Details +

Botanical Yucca filamentosa or 'Adam's Needle'
Common Name Adam's needle, bear grass, weak-leaf yucca
Family Agavaceae (agave Family)
Size #1
Height 8'
Spacing 24-36"
Hardiness Zones 4-8
Exposure Full sun
Foliage Sword-like, green
Flower Creamy white with 2" bloom
Bloomtime June - July

General Information +

General Characteristics: Grows best in well-drained, sandy loam. Does well in hot, dry areas and is drought tolerant once established. Adam's needle is native to southeastern North America from North Carolina to Florida and west to Tennessee and Mississippi. It grows in dry, sandy or rocky habitats and in fields, road shoulders and open woods. It has become naturalized far outside its original range.

Planting/Care Instructions +

Planting Instructions: May be planted in any well-drained soil. Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. Set the plant in place so the crown (part of the plant where the root meets the stem) is about 1-2 inches below the soil surface. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly.

Pests or Diseases: No serious insect or disease problems.