How to grow red yucca plants. Hesperaloe parviflora is a false yucca. Hesperaloe funifera is another false yucca plant but its flowers are white.
Hesperaloe plants look like Yucca plants but are a completely different genus.
The gray-green foliage grows in a mound much like that of a trunkless Yucca plant. The leaves have sharp edges from which white fibers curl; they require careful handling.
Also, the foliage and pollen of this plant can cause an allergic reaction if it comes into contact with your skin. And, unlike Yucca, Hesperaloe is not edible. Parts of it are toxic.
The leaf mounds grow to a height of 12-18 inches but, when the plant blooms, the flower stalks add another 2 feet to its height.
The blooms appear in mid summer and last until frost.
The tubular reddish pink flowers are arranged in clusters of 3 along the dark red stalks. They are attractive to hummingbirds, bees and butterflies.
How to Grow Red Yucca Plants
Protect newly planted false yucca plants from peccaries (javelinas) until they are mature.
The animals enjoy eating small Hesperaloe plants.
Plant this drought tolerant plant in full sun to part shade on fast draining soil. It will tolerate alkaline soil and reflected heat.
Water new plants regularly until they become established. Then, only provide supplemental water during extended periods of dry summer weather. Hesperaloe is one of the few plants which will not only survive on natural rainfall alone, but will look good while doing it.
Propagate false yucca by collecting and planting the ripe seeds (seed pods will form after the flowers drop if you leave the stalks in place) or by digging up the “pups” that occasionally pop up around the plants.
Seedlings grow easily but slowly, and will take several years to bloom.
Hesperaloe parviflora is hardy in zones 5-10.
Giant Sword Flower
The stiff, green, grass-like blades of giant Hesperaloe form vase-shaped clumps up to 6 feet tall.
It grows well in USDA zones 7a-10b when planted in full sun. It is very drought resistant.
Cooking with Yucca Flowers
The flowers of the Yucca plant appear on tall panicles between spring and early summer. Yucca blooms are usually white or cream colored tinged with purple or green.
Growing Yucca filamentosa
Synonyms: Yucca concava, Yucca smalliana & Yucca flaccida. About variegated ‘Color Guard’, ‘Bright Edge’, and ‘Adam’s Needle’ Yucca varieties.
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