Yucca Color Guard
Adam's Needle is a slow growing native plant found scattered throughout the woods, especially in breaks with plenty of sun on the sandy soils of the coastal plains in the southeastern United States. Leaves appear as though they have been shaved because leaf margins bear curved, filamentous threads of leaf tissue. The leaf terminates in a sharp spine. These leaves, if harvested in the summer, can be used in the making of paper. Plants stay small, growing no more than about 3-feet-tall. In summer, a tall, showy flower spike emerges from the center of the plant and displays prominently for several weeks. Adam's Needle can be used as a specimen to accent an area in the landscape. Its striking texture will draw attention. It has also been planted in mass on 3- to 4-foot centers to form a ground cover effect. Locate the plant 3 to 4 feet back from the edge of a walk or patio to prevent getting injured from the spine at the tip of the leaves. This plant is considered mostly allergy free and causes little or no allergy problems in most people. Adam's Needle grows in its native habitat in well-drained soils in mostly sunny locations. It tolerates partial shade well, provided enough air circulates to keep the plant on the dry side. Little is required. Remove spent flower stalks and, in the spring, remove dead foliage only. There is a variegated cultivar called `Variegata' that has light yellow stripes along the margins. Parents of this evergreen plant do not like to be moved. Offsets can be dug in the spring and seeds can be gathered in the fall and sown. Tolerant of humid, hot weather and very dry soil conditions. This yucca is a larval host and/or nectar source for Skipper butterflies.