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Hesperaloe parviflora, Red Yucca

Hesperaloe parviflora

Red Yucca
Family: Asparagaceae   (Formerly:Agavaceae / Amaryllidaceae)
Subfamily: Agavoideae
Origin: Mexico, Texas
Small shrub 2-5 ftFull sunModerate waterDry conditionsPink flowersWhite/off-white flowersRed/crimson/vinous flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsThorny or spiny

The Red Yucca has attractive red blossom in fall and spring. Yellow cultivars are also available.

Leaves: long narrow blades (like rolled grass), arching form, curly threads along edge of blade margins.

Flowers: inverted bell-shape held on tall stalk; red to pink; flowers 1.25in long, stalks to 8ft tall on mature plants; long blooming period (early summer through fall).

Fruit: distinctive ping-pong ball sized capsule with multiple chambers; flat black seed within.

Drought tolerant, grows better with supplemental irrigation in summer.

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