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    08 / 11 / 2016

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    Jo An Chewning


I planted this beauty at least 12 years ago, and it has been a lovely and carefree plant all this time. In spring 2016, it began to die back from the bottom. We cut off most of the diseased growth and left town for 6 weeks. When we returned, we found it looking like the photos: It is beginning to sprout new, healthy-looking leaves from the center! Should we cut back the rest of the diseased plant now? Is any treatment needed? I do not apply supplemental water.


  • goplantgo Flower Fanatic says:

    This is a variegated yucca, also named Adams Needle. It is a hardy evergreen plant. Technically it is a shrub, but is grown as a perennial. The ‘die back’ you see is probably just some winter die-back, which is common in cold winters. At first, the foliage will look fresh after the snow/cold leaves, and the die back shows shortly after the plant thaws/warms. You can just trim it back, and no treatment is needed. If you are lucky it will bloom (early to mid summer), which does not happen every year. It forms a HUGE stem with many, many white flowers on it! Extremely pretty! This plant loves the sun, and can tolerate dry conditions. Yes, it is carefree as you mentioned. Enjoy!

    August 15th, 2016 at 11:39am

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