Yucca gloriosa variegata is characterised by yellow-margined, dark green leaves and upright spikes of white, bell-shaped flowers from August to September. This variegated, evergreen shrub makes a handsome focal point for a sunny Mediterranean-style garden. Juvenile leaves often display a red-blush to them - particularly in cold weather.
The Lost World Nursery supplies Yucca gloriosa variegata in 1 litre pots as pictured next to the Coke can (left). On occation larger sizes are available. These plants are juvenile and will develop with care and attention into similar plants as those pictured for illustrative purposes. The plants are not supplied fully mature.
In many books Yucca gloriosa variegata is inaccurately listed as only hardy to -9c (15F) where in actual fact they are hardy beyond -18c. A plant in my front garden in Lancashire came through the 2009-10 & 2010-11 winters without a mark and is growing away happily. This makes Yucca gloriosa variegata an excellent alternative to Cordyline australis which have been battered by the last two winters and many have been cut to the ground or killed outright.
Yucca gloriosa variegata will form a trunk (1.8 – 4.6m in nature) after many years, giving older plants a refined and exotic look.
The tall 2-4ft (0.6 -1.2m) creamy-white flower panicles are produced mostly in mid to late summer although it is not uncommon to see some plants with emerging flower spikes at any time of year.
Well drained soil that won’t waterlog in winter.
Unfussy about soil type and tolerant of very poor soils.
Low maintenance – plant and forget. It’s that simple.
Full sun to part shade although best results are gained in as sunnier spot as possible.