Beatrix Farrand Plant Profiles

Yucca filamentosa, Adam's needle

Yucca filamentosa, Adams needle

Yucca is native to the mid-Atlantic states though it is hardy farther north. Its spiky evergreen foliage creates a strong architectural statement in the perennial garden and its bold flowering stalk emerging in June can reach up to 6 feet tall and will attract butterflies. At Bellefield where it is located in the cream, blush and gray border, we find that the budding stalk with shades of blush is as handsome the bloom. Yucca likes full sun, but can tolerate part shade and does best in well-drained even dry soil.