Red yucca

Hesperaloe parviflora

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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Red yucca (Hesperaloe parviflora)
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Synonyms:  Yucca parviflora
Genus:  Hesperaloe
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 Characteristics:  Simple form, sturdy constitution, and long bloom time. Closely related to yucca. Very heat tolerant, yet cold hardy to Zone 5.
Care:  Grow in poor to moderately fertile, sharply drained soil in full sun. Avoid excessive moisture in winter.
Propagation:  Pot up offsets in spring.
Problems:  Scale insects. Aphids during bloom time.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Native,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Spring,
Summer
Flower Color
Pink Flower,
Red Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container
Style
Desert Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Tolerance
Drought Tolerant
Type
Cacti and Succulents

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