Variegated Spanish Dagger


Yucca gloriosa 'Variegata' (Variegated Spanish Dagger)

Yucca gloriosa 'Variegata' (Variegated Spanish Dagger) is a medium-sized, single-stemmed, evergreen shrub with stiff, spine-tipped leaves…

Yucca gloriosa 'Variegata'

Strong form is attention-grabbing and looks great shown off in a large container. Be careful of sharp end on the straps of foliage—they're sharp!

Growing Conditions

Zone: 8, 9, 10

Exposure: Full Sun, Afternoon Sun, Reflected Heat

Water Needs: Low Water / No Water, Drought-tolerant, Low, Occasional

Soil: Adaptable, Rocky, Sandy, Well-drained


Size: 36 - 120 tall x 24 - 96 wide
Shape / Form: Strappy
Foliage Texture: Bold, Coarse
Foliage Quality: Leathery, Rigid / Stiff, Thorns / Spines

Features: Attractive Foliage, Attracts Birds, Attracts Hummingbirds, Drought-tolerant / Water wise, Flowers, Long Blooming, Low Maintenance, Winter Interest, Year-round Interest

Foliage Color: Variegated
Leaf Shape: Strappy

Flower Color: Ivory / Cream
Bloom Season: Summer, Fall
Flower Shape: Cluster, Panicle

Uses and Applications

Landscape Uses: Drama / Focal Point, Rock Garden, Container, Hell Strip, Mixed Border, Specimen, Structure / Foundation
Special Situations: Heat Tolerant, Deer Resistant, Low Water / No Water, Rabbit Resistant, Reflected Heat, Tough / Fool-Proof
Wildlife: Deer Resistant, Hummingbirds, Pollinators, Rabbit Resistant

More Design Considerations

Season of Interest: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall, Year-round Interest, Three Seasons of Interest
Plant Behavior: Slow Growing, Suckers

Variegated Spanish Dagger

Botanical Name: Yucca gloriosa 'Variegata'
Height: 4'
Width: 3'
Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade
Performance: Perennial
Bloom: Cream (Summer)

The blue-green, sword-shaped leaves of Yucca gloriosa 'Variegata' are edged with fine creamy-yellow margins. This perennial offers year-round interest, adding an architectural presence to the garden. In summer, beautiful cream-colored flowers soar atop a seven-foot flower stalk creating a stunning visual display. This renowned Yucca has been honored with an Award of Garden Merit by the Royal Horticultural Society.

'Variegata' is a variegated cultivar of the Y. gloriosa which can be found growing wild on sand dunes of the subtropical southeastern United States, from North Carolina to Florida. If established, this yucca is cold hardy withstanding temperatures as low as -4 ºF. In cold weather its cream margins cast a pinkish hue for an extra touch of color. 'Variegata's performs best if planted in full sun.

With minimal care, this drought tolerant and cold hardy perennial makes the perfect addition to a north Texas garden.

Watch the video: How to Transplant Yucca gloriosa Part One

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