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YUCCA filamentosa 'Bright Edge'

Image of Yucca filamentosa 'Bright Edge'

James H. Schutte

Family

Agavaceae

Botanical Name

YUCCA filamentosa 'Bright Edge'

Plant Common Name

Adam's Needle, Bright Edge Adam's Needle, Bright Edge Yucca

General Description

The beautiful variegated foliage of ‘Bright Edge’ really stands out in the garden.

Adam's needle is a clump forming evergreen perennial that is native to the central and eastern United States and Canada. The cultivar ‘Bright Edge’ has dense clusters of sharp, upright lance-shaped leaves. The leaf edges have a wide yellow band that give this cultivar a sharp clean look in the landscape. In the summer, it bears tall upright flower stalks that are covered with bell-shaped blooms of ivory. Its flowers are fragrant at night and attract moths.

Adam's needle is tolerant of heat, drought, harsh sun, sandy soils and must have perfect drainage for good health. It looks great planted in masses in dry sunny beds and borders, especially if interplanted with an extremely low groundcover, such as a creeping phlox or prostrate juniper. Its coarse, upright foliage is deer resistant too.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 5

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 10

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Width

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    Northeastern United States, Southeastern United States, North-Central United States, Central United States, Canada

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Pollution, Salt, Soil Compaction

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Ivory

  • Fruit Color

    Brown, Sandy Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Gray Green, Light Yellow

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Gray Green, Light Yellow

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Gray Green, Light Yellow

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Gray Green, Light Yellow

  • Foliage Color (Winter) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Edging, Foundation, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    Yes

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No