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Products > Yucca aloifolia 'Marginata'
 
Yucca aloifolia 'Marginata' - Golden Spanish Dagger

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (now Asparagaceae)
Origin: Southern States (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Yellow/Chartreuse Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Summer
Synonyms: [Yucca aloifolia 'Variegata']
Height: 8-10 feet
Width: 6-8 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 10-15 F
Yucca aloifolia 'Marginata' (Golden Spanish Dagger) - This is a striking plant that can be grown as a single or mulitple stemmed specimen to 10 feet tall. The rosettes of foliage clustered at the branch tips are composed of rigid green leaves that have strong cream-variegated margins that flush with red much of the year. Plant in full sun or light shade in fairly well-drained soil - it tolerates sandy conditions and is very drought tolerant. Hardy to zone 6. While this old cultivar has been in cultivation since the early 1600's, it has rarely been available, especially in smaller-sized containers (we previously only sold them in specimen-sized 24" box containers), because its growth habit allowed for very few cuttings. This changed in 2005 when Tony Avent of Plant Delights Nursery put this plant into tissue culture and then shared his success with us. While it is incredibly attractive, care must be given to placement of this plant; with its rigid, sharp-tipped leaves, it is best kept to the back of a planting bed and away from pathways. The name Yucca was given to the genus by Linnaeus, perhaps by mistake, as it is the Latinized derivation of "yuca", the Caribbean name for Cassava (Manihot esculenta) an unrelated plant in the Euphorbia family that is native to the Caribbean area. Interestingly it was also Linnaeus who applied the name Manihot to Yuca.  The information on this webpage is based on research conducted about this plant in our nursery library, from online sources, as well as from observations made of it as it grows in the nursery in containers, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens where we have observed it growing. We will also incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from those who may have additional information, particularly if this information includes cultural information that would aid others in growing  Yucca aloifolia 'Marginata'.
 
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