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Yucca gloriosa 'Variegata' (Variegated Spanish Dagger)


Scientific Name

Yucca gloriosa 'Variegata'

Common Names

Variegated Spanish Dagger


Yucca gloriosa 'Aureovariegata'

Scientific Classification

Family: Asparagaceae
Subfamily: Agavoideae
Genus: Yucca


Yucca gloriosa 'Variegata' is a medium-sized, single-stemmed, evergreen shrub with stiff, spine-tipped leaves striped and edged creamy-yellow. It is topped in late summer and fall with a dramatic flowering stalk reaching up to 6.5 feet (2 m) long and bearing dense panicles of nodding, bell-shaped, creamy white flowers.


USDA hardiness zone 7a to 11b: from 0 °F (−17.8 °C) to 40 °F (+4.4 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Under the right conditions, Yuccas are not difficult plants to grow. They tend to thrive on a little neglect, rather than too much attention. They are especially easy to overwater, and soggy stems are a sign of too much water. The best conditions for Yuccas include a sunny corner with relatively low humidity. They are not prone to many pests, although scale can be an issue. Over time, plants will typically lose their lower leaves (in nature, they droop, forming a skirt around the trunk), giving the plant a pleasant "tree-like" appearance.

Yuccas are relatively slow-growing plants that should only need to be repotted every other year. They do well slightly pot-bound, as long as they don't become heavy enough to tip over their containers. Repotting larger plants can be difficult, so larger plants can be refreshed with new potting soil by digging out the top 2 inches (5 cm) of the container and adding new soil. During typical repotting, remove the plant from its container and go up one container size. Always use fresh potting soil… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Yucca


Yucca gloriosa 'Variegata' is a varigated cultivar of Yucca gloriosa.


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