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Red yucca

Hesperaloe parviflora

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A clump-forming succulent, red yucca has arching, leathery, linear foliage rising to between 2 and 3 feet tall. Dark olive-green leaves with no thorns or spines are sparsely covered with fibrous strands along the margins. Deep coral pink flowers with golden yellow throats crowd the length of the stalks that reach three feet or more. Foliage has a reddish bronze hue during winter’s chill for year-round interest.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsSimple form, sturdy constitution, and long bloom time. Closely related to yucca. Very heat tolerant, yet cold hardy to Zone 5.

CareGrow in poor to moderately fertile, sharply drained soil in full sun. Avoid excessive moisture in winter.

PropagationPot up offsets in spring.

ProblemsScale insects. Aphids during bloom time.

  • Genus : Hesperaloe
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 10, 11, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Plant Width : 3 to 6 feet
  • Plant Type : Cacti and Succulents
  • Uses : Containers
  • Tolerance : Drought Tolerant
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Flower Color : Pink, Red
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
  • Bloom Time : Spring, Summer
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
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