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August 2017 Plant of the Month – Yucca Gloriosa Variegata

August 2017 Plant of the MonthYucca Gloriosa, also known as the Spanish Dagger, is an evergreen shrub or small tree that is native to the southeastern United States. This type of yucca is multi-stemmed and grows to about six feet tall. The variegated variety have beautifully striped foliage throughout the year, as well as lovely flower spikes that add to the plant’s natural splendor. Because of the sharp leaf blades, the Spanish Dagger should be grown away from walkways.  In the summer, creamy-white, nodding, bell-shaped flowers appear in a dense cluster.

Yucca Gloriosa may be viewed in various stages of flower spikes and blooms throughout the month of August at Firehouse #1, located at 650 West Field Road. To get there, take the Air Train to West Field Road, then walk past the post office towards the West Gate.  The Firehouse garden is the last one on the right.

Fun Fact:  The Yucca Gloriosa was awarded the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.