Yucca Gloriosa

BUY: Yucca Gloriosa here from UK Sellers
Yucca gloriosa Bright Star - Variegated Adams Needle

Yucca gloriosa Bright Star – Variegated Adams Needle

This is a tall yucca tree and one of the most common that is grown outdoors. It is regarded as a tall yucca tree not because of the 4 to 8 feet height of the trunk but because of the tall flower spike that shoots up above the foliage with creamy, bell-shaped flowers. 

Yucca gloriosa variegata is a very attractive version of the green form. It is an evergreen tree-like shrub growing to 2m and more with time. It has blush-green leaves, maturing to dark green, lance-shaped and arching with a sharp point. It has bright creamy yellow edges, which really makes this Yucca stand out especially in dull weather. Like the plain green form, it produces exceedingly attractive, pendant, bell-shaped white flowers are borne, occasionally purple-tinged.

It is a very good plant to grow in coastal regions as it is very wind tolerant. Excellent for very sandy arid areas.

Latin name: Yucca gloriosa variegata
Common name: Variegated Spanish Dagger
Ease of growing: Easy
Position: Prefers full sun.
Soil Condition: prefers exceedingly well drained soil

It is a slow-growing plant with rigid, sword-shaped foliage that can easily cut you or poke you and therefore should not be grown along regular walkways and paths. They are extremely hardy plants that are capable of staying green all year round as long as temperatures do not drop below -15 degrees Celsius. 

They occur in variegated varieties like the Yucca gloriosa ‘Variegata’ that has leaves that are variegated with cream or yellow edges and are capable of turning pink in low temperature. Common varieties include Yucca elephantipes, yucca filamentosa and yucca gloriosa.


Where to buy Yucca Gloriosa in the UK?

Buy Yucca gloriosa variegata online and find our best examples of Spanish Dagger for sale below

Embracing the Subtropical: Growing Yucca Gloriosa in the UK

Yucca Gloriosa, commonly referred to as the Spanish Dagger, is a striking evergreen plant native to the southeastern United States. Its bold, architectural form and sword-like leaves make it an increasingly popular choice for UK gardeners looking to add an exotic touch to their gardens. In this article, we will explore how to effectively grow and care for Yucca Gloriosa, ensuring success in the UK climate.

Choosing the Ideal Location:

Yucca Gloriosa thrives in sunny, well-drained spots. Select a location in your garden that receives a minimum of six hours of direct sunlight daily. This versatile plant is drought-resistant and can tolerate windy conditions, making it an excellent option for coastal or exposed areas.

Preparing the Soil and Planting:

Yucca Gloriosa is adaptable to various soil types but prefers well-draining soil with a slightly acidic to neutral pH (between 5.5 and 7.0). If your soil is dense or has a high clay content, incorporate organic matter or horticultural grit to enhance drainage. Alternatively, consider planting Yucca Gloriosa in a raised bed or container for improved drainage.

When planting, create a hole at least twice as wide as the root ball and deep enough to accommodate the roots without burying the plant's base. Gently untangle the roots before positioning the Yucca Gloriosa in the hole, then refill with the amended soil. Generously water the plant to help settle the soil around the roots.

Watering and Feeding:

Yucca Gloriosa is a drought-tolerant plant that requires minimal watering once established. Allow the soil to dry out between watering sessions, avoiding over-watering as it can result in root rot. During the growing season (spring and summer), apply a balanced liquid fertiliser every four to six weeks to support healthy growth.

Winter Protection for Yucca Gloriosa

Yucca Gloriosa is a hardy plant that can withstand temperatures as low as -12°C. However, it's essential to protect the plant from excessive moisture during the winter months. Adding a thick layer of mulch around the base of the plant can help insulate the roots and prevent waterlogging.

Pruning and Maintenance:

Yucca Gloriosa has a naturally captivating form that requires minimal pruning. Remove any dead or damaged leaves to maintain the plant's appearance. After flowering, trim the flower stalks back to the base to stimulate new growth.

Yucca Gloriosa is an exceptional addition to UK gardens, offering a subtropical flair and architectural interest. With proper care and attention, this low-maintenance plant will provide a stunning visual impact for years to come.

Yucca Trees FAQs