Red Yucca

The Red Yucca Is Beautiful & Hardy

Add The Hesperaloe Parviflora To Your Garden

The red yucca earns its descriptive name from the beautiful red flowers adorning its long, thin branches. Interestingly, this plant is not really a yucca!

Its true name is Hesperaloe Parviflora. The hesperaloe is a succulent plant and part of the agave family.

Some may also argue that the red flowers are not really red, either, but more of a coral or rose color. These facts aside, this is a plant you want in your garden.

It's Hardy, Tough, And Good Looking Too!

Found in the Southwestern part of the United States from Texas to Arizona, the red yucca is a drought-resistant plant suitable for xeriscaping or desert gardens.

However, it is also hardy to colder temperatures (hardiness in zones 5-10), making it an excellent selection for desert gardens that have cooler seasons. Full sun, light to moderate watering and minimal fertilization are all it needs to grow.

The tubular buds are excellent for attracting bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies due to the bright color and sweet nectar. Expect your plant to bloom in the spring and continue producing blooms through the early fall. Beautiful!

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With each flowering branch reaching up to 5 feet in length, give your hesperaloe parviflora some room to spread. You may want to use ground cover plants in between the red yucca because their distance from each other can encourage weeds to grow. I’ve also heard people plant them close together, but naturally they are further apart and that’s how I like them.

The base of the plant is most similar to yuccas. It has a small bushy base of dark green leaves that, while ending in a tapered point, are not nearly as sharp as yuccas. Your plant will only be about 2-3 feet tall without the bud branches, and it will not overpower your garden.

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The plant is fairly immune to pests and requires only minimal pruning here and there. You will probably notice new, baby hesperaloe parviflora growing around your established plant. This makes it easy for you to transplant and grow your garden, or simply remove and give the plants away.

For the most part, give your red yucca time to grow as they start slow, and then enjoy the easy care and beautiful nature of this plant. I know you will love having it in your garden.

A plant that is easy to grow, low maintenance and attracts all sorts of wildlife – how can you go wrong? I tell ya, you can't!

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