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Hardy yucca plants for northern gardeners

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When you live in a cold climate like I do, you tend to be very envious of plants that gardeners can grow in warmer climates. I love succulents, cacti and other desert plants, and I always find myself drooling over these plants when I travel south. But, northern gardeners rejoice! There are varieties of these exotic looking plants that we can grow too.

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Over the years, I’ve come to find that there are many hardy versions of these plants that I can grow in my Minnesota zone 4b garden – and yucca is one of those plants. I have two varieties of hardy yuccas growing in my gardens, the one in the header photo is ‘Adam’s Needle’.

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I also have a lovely variegated variety, which is called ‘Golden Sword’. I get so many compliments on these plants, and they are a huge hit with my fellow northern gardeners. Many people are surprised that these yuccas are actually hardy down to zone 4a.

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Variegated Golden Sword Yucca

Not only are they hardy down to zone 4, but they are also drought tolerant and make a wonderful addition to a garden area that doesn’t get a lot of water. They flower in the summer, sending up long stems of gorgeous white flowers that smell heavenly! Plus yucca are deer resistant plants, which is an added bonus to those gardeners who have pesky deer roaming around.

Do you grow yucca plants in your garden? Tell us about which varieties you grow in the comments below.

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4 Responses to Hardy yucca plants for northern gardeners

  1. Sandra says:

    Maybe you can add up a plant profile and a video. It will help us better understand the whole plant. Just a thought anyways. Thanks!

  2. Maria says:

    What is the proper way to care for yucca in the Spring? I have never grown it before, but inherited four yucca plants in the landscaping of our new house. The leaves on the top/south-facing sides of the plants are looking really rough (sunburned and brown), while the underside is still green, but awfully matted down. Should I trim off only the damaged leaves? Cut all of the plant back? Let it be?

    • I would give it a bit more time to recover before doing anything. I rarely have to do anything with my yuccas, since they are so hardy. They can sometimes look pretty rough in the spring, but should pop back pretty quickly. If it’s just winter damage, the plant should recover and green up in a few weeks or so. Once it pops back, you can trim off any yellow/dead foliage that remains. But, if it flowered last year, then the plant will die (don’t worry, there will be lots of babies to take it’s place). The only time you want to cut yucca down to the ground is when it dies after flowering.

  3. Jennifer Hollosy says:

    I live in northern British Columbia, Canada. Zone 5. Just was given an Adams needle yucca. What protection does it require for winter? We can get lots of snow. The name of our town in the First Nations language means “people of the snow “

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